Medical Examiner: 11 Year-Old Died Before Fire Consumed Vehicle

Isiah Jones, 11, (left) and his young brother, Daniel, 9 (right). Jones Family Photo

An autopsy was performed Thursday on an 11 year-old boy who died in a fiery four car crash Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 40 near Benson.

Isiah Jones of Raleigh was riding in the backseat of his mothers Nissan Murano when it was hit from behind, reportedly as she tried to make a u-turn through the median.  The SUV burst into flames.

The preliminary autopsy performed at the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh indicated Isiah died as a result of blunt force traumatic injuries and not from the post-crash fire. His family was informed of the results Thursday afternoon.

Photo courtesy ABC 11 / Crystal Nell Jackson

“As tragic as this situation is, the family and the emergency responders feel some comfort knowing Isaiah died instantly before the fire engulfed the car,” stated Johnston County Medical Examiner Jason Thompson.

Isiah’s mother, Angela Jones, 32, was able to roll out of the burning vehicle on fire. Bystanders were able to help extinguish the flames on her body. 9 year-old Daniel Jones was riding in the front seat. He was able to open the car door and run to safety.  Isiah was trapped in the back seat of the burning vehicle where he died.

The NC Highway Patrol continues to investigate the collision.  Initial reports indicate Angela Jones was trying to make a u-turn when her Nissan was hit from behind by a Hyundai. The Nissan was forced into the westbound lanes by the impact where it collided with a Toyota SUV and Volvo tractor trailer. Two Garner women in the Hyundai were seriously injured. The occupants in the Toyota and Volvo were not injured.


  1. I’ve been praying for this family and especially for the children involved. This may sound unfeeling, but now I can say a prayer of thanks that Isiah did not suffer a horrible death due to the fire but passed away from the force of the impact. My son-in-law was one of the firefighters who responded to this call and he was affected emotionally by this child’s death. It’s still a tragic accident to have happened but I hope that Isiah’s family can somehow find some peace to know that he died instantly and was in no pain. My prayers are with them and will be for quite some time. I have two granddaughters, 11 yrs old and 4 yrs old so my heart goes out to this family so much.

  2. I didn’t know the mother died 32 days after the crash. What caused her to die? I feel so much comfort knowing that child didn’t feel any pain from possibly being burned alive.

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