Crash investigation awaiting test results

Sandrock victims laid to rest


A week ago yesterday, three Craig men fell to their deaths after their Jeep Cherokee plummeted an estimated 125 feet off the Sandrocks cliff, near Green Street.

The official causes of death have not yet been released and are pending final results from autopsy and toxicology reports, the Craig Police Department said.


Waylon William Owens-Plantiko, 28, David Kim Johnston, 32, and Jaron Earl Green, 31, died about 1:40 a.m. Friday, June 1 when their vehicle drove off the cliff and crashed. Each of the three men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The circumstances surrounding the crash still are being investigated, though police have said alcohol could have been a factor.

Capt. Jerry DeLong, of the Craig Police Department, said results from a toxicology examination of the three men wouldn't be available for another week or so.

County coroner Owen Grant said autopsy results could be available sometime this weekend.

DeLong said the investigation into the fatal accident is progressing. Because it is on-going, he couldn't elaborate on what aspects of the crash are being investigated.

"We're just following up on some information we've received," DeLong said. "We're just trying to tie up the case itself."

Without knowing the results from the autopsy and toxicology reports, DeLong said it's too early to speculate on what may have led to the fatal crash.

"It would not be good to speculate or guess at this point," he said. "It would just be a wild guess and I'm no good at guessing."

Funeral services took place Wednesday at Grant Mortuary for Green and Owens. Johnston's service was Thursday at the mortuary.

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