2 companions say he jumped from pickup bed, arrested on drunken driving charges

A Franklin man died Friday morning after police said he fell or jumped from a moving vehicle, and the woman and man who were with him were arrested.

Joshua Hewett, 31, was found dead on the side of the road early Friday morning. Police said he was riding in the bed of his own pickup truck south of Franklin, and told two people inside the truck that he was going to jump out, according to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Dana McKie, 25, 1070 Fairlane Court, Franklin, and Jeffrey Kern, 33, 38616 Stonewall Farm Lane, Middleburg, Va., went back to find Hewett. They found him dead along the side of Greensburg Road, near County Road 450E, the release said.

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