Okaloosa's 6th Traffic Fatality of the Year

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a traffic crash in
Destin late Thursday night that has resulted in a fatality.

The victim, John Wesley Jones, Jr., age 77 of 3951 W. State Road
20, Freeport, died at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Friday morning,
approximately 12 hours after the crash.

Jones was eastbound on US Highway 98 when he attempted to make a left turn in front of oncoming westbound traffic.

His car was struck on the right side by another car driven by Nicole Marie Malheiro, age 20 of 335 Sudduth Circle NE, Fort Walton Beach.
Malheiro, headed in the opposite drirection, did not have time to stop before the collision. She was not injured.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts. In addition, the airbag deployed in
the Malheiro vehicle.

The crash happened a few minutes after 10:00 o'clock Thursday
night in front of Beall's Department Store, 15003 Emerald Coast Parkway.

Jones was pronounced dead at approximately 10:30 the next morning.