Man drowns after driving into Wolf Lake
By JASON PATTERSON
Editor & Publisher
Investigators acknowledge that they may never know exactly what caused a man to take his own life Tuesday by driving into Wolf Lake.
Barney Wayne Benson, 46, of the Wolf Lake community, died Tuesday after drowning inside his vehicle. Benson handcuffed himself to the steering wheel before driving into the water off of Deerfield Road.
According to a witness, Benson didn’t seem to make any effort to escape from the vehicle as it sank into the water.
A 911 call came in at 5:20 pm., and the car was fully submerged by the time law enforcement officers arrived on the scene.
The Yazoo County Dive team responded and found the SUV at a depth of about 10 feet, and confirmed that the driver was still inside.
They were able to hook a cable to the vehicle so that it could be removed.
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