By Debbie Gregory
Sherri Haynes, of Lafayette, was killed early Saturday morning, January 13, on 31 E in Westmoreland.
According to Westmoreland Chief of Police Ray Amalfitano, Sherri Haynes was a front seat passenger in a late model Suburban, driven by her estranged boyfriend, Mr. Miguel Bravo Jimenez of 1928 Akersville Road in Lafayette. She had apparently been working in Gallatin and they were heading up the hill on 31 E coming into Westmoreland. “When they passed Harrison Lane, he lost control of the vehicle on the ice,” said Chief Amalfitano, “and slid across the road hitting an embankment. In conjunction with the ice, the vehicle was equipped with a faulty passenger door and it was also determined the seat belt she had on was only the shoulder belt, and the lap belt had been cut. When the driver hit the embankment the first time, the impact forced the faulty door to open and she was ejected from the Suburban due to the seat belt not being able to hold an adult person. She slid out, landed on the ground and the vehicle slid around hitting the embankment a second time, and then landed on top of her.”
Chief Amalfitano said she was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Mr. Miguel Bravo Jimenez was charged with driving with no driver’s license and failure to have insurance. However, the Chief said other charges are possibly pending.
The wreck investigators were Detective Garrett Flatt and Chief Ray Amalfitano, of the Westmoreland Police Department.