Belgrade man, 44, killed as SUV leaves Winslow road and hits power pole

WINSLOW — A Belgrade man traveling with a 13-year-old child was pronounced dead on Tuesday night at the scene of a single-vehicle crash on China Road, police said Wednesday.

It appears Eric Drown, 44, lost control of the 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was driving and the SUV veered off the road and hit a utility pole, according to Winslow Police Department Chief Leonard Macdaid.

“He was partially ejected from the vehicle,” Macdaid said.

He said it looked like Drown wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. His 13-year-old passenger, however, was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the crash, according to Macdaid.

“That’s the good part of the story,” he said. “He did well.”

Macdaid declined to release the boy’s name, but confirmed that Drown and the boy were related.

Macdaid said neither alcohol nor drugs were a factor in the crash.

Police Sergeant. Alex Jones said Tuesday evening after officers left that the Cherokee was being driven east on China Road, which is also State Road 137, around 5:45 p.m. when the accident happened near Reynolds and Randall Roads . Jones said the crash happened in the 604 China Road area.

Winslow police and firefighters responded to the scene and closed China Road to traffic, diverting vehicles to Randall Road until rescuers left the scene around 8 p.m., according to Jones.

A Facebook page of Eric Drown in Belgrade describes him as a stay-at-home parent from Fairfield who attended Zephyrhills High School, northeast of Tampa, Florida.

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