34-year-old David L. Reese of Mesa Arizona was killed Wednesday afternoon in a single-vehicle rollover that slowed traffic along HWY 277 for over an hour.
An investigation confirmed that the left rear tire of the jeep had a blowout, causing the vehicle to veer and then flip over, rolling over three times in the median before coming to a stop in the southbound lanes.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a Justice of the Peace.
The passenger, 25-year-old Aaron J. Fox of Ratcliff Arkansas, was taken to Hendrick Medical Center for treatment.