FHP: Jasper mayor dies in car accident

Posted at 1:39 PM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 14:02:15-05

JASPER, Fla. (WTXL) — Darnell Lumpkin, the mayor of Jasper, died on Monday following a one-car accident on SE 69 Blvd in Hamilton County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers say Lumpkin was traveling east on SE 69 Blvd, approaching the Nutrien Phosphate Facility.

Just before approaching the entrance of the facility, Lumpkin's car struck a small traffic barrier post in the median, which caused him to experience "some type of medical episode."

Hamilton County Fire Rescue pronounced Lumpkin dead at the scene.

Authorities say Lumpkin was not wearing a seatbelt during the crash.