The country singer Buck Jones has been killed in a road accident, apparently caused by a drunk driver.
Jones released his debut album, Lucky Star, in 2005 and was slowly building a following across Tennessee and through Texas. It was in the Lone Star state that he'd started singing, with a Baptist choir; an impressed choirmaster encouraged him to work on his talent to the point where he received a scholarship to college to study vocal performance. His tutors thought they were developing an opera star - but Buck's heart lay elsewhere:
He was on his way to perform at a private event when the accident happened. He was struck on the side of Interstate 30 as he sought a milemarker to help him summon assistance for a blown tyre.
Buck's killer has been held on intoxicated manslaughter charges; a memorial fund has been established to help his widow, Amy Beth and his seven month-old son Walker. Details can be had from firstname.lastname@example.org.