Bad Weather Blamed for Fatal Auburn Accident

Auburn, Ala. (WSFA) -- Officials in Auburn are saying weather might have been a factor in a two vehicle crash that killed a 22-year old and sent several others to an area hospital.

Auburn resident Carlos Artez Menifee died in the car accident and two others were taken to East Alabama Medical Center, one with serious injuries.

The accident happened just before 4:00 Thursday afternoon on Shug Jordan Parkway between Shelton Mill Road and North College Street.

Witnesses say Menifee was traveling west and another vehicle was traveling east.

Menifee apparently began hydroplaning on the wet roadway and lost control.

His car came into the eastbound lane where it hit another vehicle almost head on, knocking it down an embankment.

Menifee's vehicle overturned and ended up on its roof.

Officials say it does not appear that Menifee was wearing a seatbelt. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Lee County Chief Deputy Coroner Gene Manning at 4:05 PM.

Dzondria Jones, a passenger in Menifee's car was taken to East Alabama Medical Center by ambulance with apparent non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the second vehicle was air lifted by Lifesaver helicopter from the scene and flown to Columbus Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

Officials do not believe alcohol to be a factor in the crash.

This is the third traffic fatality of the year and the second in two days for Lee County.

The accident remains under investigation by the Auburn Police Department and the Lee County Coroner's Office.