UPDATE: Crash victim identified as 18-year-old who had finished first day on job

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A man killed in a wreck Thursday evening near the South Laurel exit off I-59 northbound has been identified as Daonte Trotter of Jasper County.

Jones County Coroner Burl Hall said Friday that Trotter, 18, had just finished his first day on the job at Howard Industries when he was killed. Trotter died of multiple blunt force trauma. His funeral service will be handled by Brown’s Mortuary of Laurel.

According to Laurel Police Officer Michael Reeves, witnesses said the driver of the white Ford Mustang  was merging from the on-ramp to get on I-59 North. The vehicle hit an 18-wheeler near an active construction zone of the South Laurel exit.

“At some point, they made contact with an excavator and came to rest where it hit another truck further down,” Reeves said.

Reeves said speed may have been a factor in the wreck due to the amount of damage to the vehicle. Nobody else was injured. 

The accident remains under investigation by the Laurel Police Department.

Contact Cam Bonelli at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @cambonelli. 

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