The Mississippi Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in identifying the vehicle a surviving passenger says drove their car off the road and killed Anthony Hervey
49-year-old Anthony Hervey of Oxford, Mississippi, was driving a Ford Explorer with Julliete Barnum of Stuart, Oklahoma riding in the passenger seat. They drove westbound on U.S. Route 278 when a fatal crash occurred and Hervey was killed.
An investigation into the crash that claimed the life of Hervey shows no physical evidence a second vehicle hit his car. Barnum said a silver vehicle occupied by five Black men was following their car and swerved toward them.
The two were returning from a pro-Confederate flag and Southern history rally in Birmingham, Alabama Sunday, where Hervey spoke at the gathering. Although both Hervey and Barnum are Black, they are Confederate flag supporters and Hervey even wrote a book on the issue.
No contact was made between the two vehicles, but Barnum said the silver vehicle’s actions caused the Explorer to leave the roadway. The Explorer then drove off the right shoulder of the road into a ditch and rolled over several times. Barnum told WREG’s Katie Rufener on Monday,
I heard him say, ‘Hell no!’ And he sped up. And this car came up on the passenger side to run him off the road.”
The Lafayette County Coroner’s Office pronounced Hervey dead at the scene. Barnum survived, but was injured and taken to the hospital. The incident is still under investigation as the silver car has yet to be found.