45-year-old Melissa Ford dies after jumping from moving vehicle on Spart HWY, Friday, October 8, 2021

Melissa Ford Jumps Out of Moving Jeep Sparta Highway to Her Death  – Obituary

45-year-old Melissa Ford has died after jumping from a moving Jeep that was traveling at highway speeds on Sparta Highway on Friday, October 8, 2021.

It happened after Mellisa and her boyfriend 50-year-old George Everett Odineal were engaged in an argument after some time drinking at Eagle Club in the Rock Island area. Melissa said to George, ‘I’m getting out of here’, before opening the door of the Jeep and jumping out.

She had a hard impact with the road and was struck by the rear wheels of the jeep. The fall and wheel strike left her with severe head injuries.

First responders managed to receive her but she was soon pronounced dead.

Police say alcohol was involved earlier before the incident, but have not said if any charges will be filed as investigations proceed.