NEW PORT RICHEY — Less than 12 hours after her husband's truck flipped over and ejected him, Michele Jones struggled to deal with his death.
"It's just hard to believe," she said through tears on the telephone.
Stephen Jones Jr., 43, of Brooksville was killed when he was thrown from his Chevrolet Silverado as it flipped early Tuesday in Pasco County.
Jones, who lived on Hope Hill Road and owned his own towing business, was traveling east on Ridge Road at 12:45 a.m. His wife thinks he was on his way to tow a vehicle. But when Ridge Road curved to the left near Pasco-Hernando Community College, Jones didn't, causing the vehicle to flip, according to an accident report released by Florida Highway Patrol. Pasco County Fire Rescue pronounced him dead at the scene. Jones was not wearing a seat belt.
Michele Jones said her husband was not home when she returned from driving her kids around late Monday. She did not learn what happened until authorities arrived at her doorstep.
Michele Jones described her husband as a hard-working man who loved his family. He treated her two kids from a previous marriage as if they were his own, she said, and together the couple had two other children.
"He was a fantastic person," she said.
Besides owning his towing company, I Hook Towing, Jones enjoyed riding his motorcycle, Michele Jones said. Whenever he got the chance, he loved to travel, especially to Orlando, where he co-owned a timeshare, she said.
The FHP is asking anyone who might have witnessed the wreck to call toll-free 1-800-235-6019.
Michael Sanserino can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 848-1430.