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Police looking into death of black rebel flag backer

Emily Wagster Pettus
Associated Press

Jackson, Miss. — Mississippi Highway Patrol investigators are trying to find people who might have been involved in a road dispute just before a crash that killed a black supporter of the Confederate flag.

Authorities say Anthony Hervey of Oxford died Sunday when he swerved a Ford Explorer off a north Mississippi highway. The vehicle landed upside down.

The SUV’s owner, Arlene Barnum of Stuart, Oklahoma, survived. She says she let Hervey drive, and she was in the passenger seat.

Barnum says before the wreck, Hervey sped up to avoid a silver car carrying four or five black men who appeared angry at him.

Barnum couldn’t identify the type of car or give a license plate number.

Investigators on Thursday requested the public’s help in finding the car, but said another witness couldn’t confirm another vehicle was involved.