Fields' car was discovered by a Pike County deputy who had been searching for Fields because he spied him going through a stop signal a few minutes earlier. The deputy had called in the vehicle and found that it had no current registration. He proceeded down 194 looking for Fields but lost sight of the car.
The deputy was headed back to the stationary spot he had been using when he spotted taillights coming from off the road. The deputy found the Cavalier in the creek and radioed for assistance for Fields, who was found unconscious and unresponsive.
Authorities arrived at the scene shortly thereafter but could not revive Fields, who was pronounced dead at the scene by Pike County Deputy Coroner Ernest Casebolt.
The incident is currently under investigation by Kentucky State Police Trooper Clinton Combs, who was assisted at the scene by the Pike County Sheriff's Department, STAT Ambulance Service and the Phelps Fire Department.