Etowah County man dies after jumping from car

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) - An investigator says the death of a Etowah County man who jumped from a car is considered accidental.

Jeff Hopper, an investigator with the Etowah County Sheriff's Department, said 21-year-old Gary Hall was a passenger in a car driven by his common-law wife.

They got into an argument around noon Monday.

Hall opened the car door and jumped out.

His head struck the pavement several times and hit a mailbox pole.

The investigator said Hall died from head and chest trauma Monday night at University Hospital in Birmingham.

--- Information from: The Gadsden Times,

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