JONESBORO — The city’s sanitation director died Wednesday afternoon in a fiery crash in north Jonesboro.
Police responded to a vehicle fire at the intersection of Daybreak Drive and Prescott Lane. Donny Gibson, 68, of Jonesboro, crashed his city-issued Dodge Ram 1500, officials say.
The Jonesboro Fire Department was investigating the cause of the fire late into the day, according to a statement issued by the City of Jonesboro. JPD filed the incident as an accidental death.
The one-car accident happened sometime between 2:25 and 3:01 p.m., according to the incident report. A Facebook post from Legacy Landfill indicated that Gibson was driving home from work when he crashed.
“Our heartfelt sympathies to the family. … He will be missed,” it read.
W. Danny Honnell of the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation also took to Facebook to remember his “ole left-handed friend.” Honnell noted that Gibson was an alumnus of Valley View High School who also schooled and played sports in the Nettleton district.
“He was a personal dear friend. … He was a left hand and slick, smooth fielding first baseman and point guard,” Honnell wrote. “Ole Lefty always had a beautiful smile and made you feel good.”
Gibson began working for the city in 2002, the government’s statement read. Previous reporting indicates that he was appointed as sanitation department director in 2014.
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of this tragedy,” Mayor Harold Copenhaver said. “Our hearts are with Donny’s family and loved ones. He loved his job, this city and we’re all hurting.”
Jonesboro E-911 Center director Jeff Presley called Gibson a “great friend and coworker.”
“We will miss you, my friend,” he wrote on Facebook.