A former member of the Jackson police force was killed in a one car accident late Friday.
Ex- J.P.D. Officer John Whitehead died shortly before midnight Saturday on Raymond Road.
Jackson Police Officer Colendula Green said the 55-year-old was traveling east on Raymond Road near Plummer Circle when according to witnesses the gray four door Nissan Maxima he was driving veered into the westbound lane.
An oncoming vehicle was run off the roadway as Whitehead's Maxima went airborne and struck a tree.
He was pronounced dead at the accident scene.
Investigators found him alone and unconscious in the vehicle.
Police are trying to determine what caused the former law officer to lose control and crash into the tree.
Whitehead had served with the Jackson Police Department for 28 years.
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