Wrecks kill three Bogue Chitto students

Published 5:00 am Thursday, August 24, 2000

Three Bogue Chitto teenagers were killed Wednesday night in twohigh-speed accidents on Bogue Chitto Road, said Lincoln CountyCoroner Morris Henderson.

Traci R. Sasser, 16, died at the scene of the accident thathappened around 7:50 p.m. about six miles west of Bogue Chitto.Chuck Ingles, 15, died early Thursday morning at University MedicalCenter in Jackson, and Zach Dunaway, a passenger in Ingles’ car,was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m. at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter, Henderson said.

While on their way home from prayer meeting at Arlington BaptistChurch, Sasser and the two boys were traveling east on Bogue ChittoRoad at high rates of speed, Henderson said.

Sasser, of 913 Bogue Chitto Road, lost control of her Mustang,left the road and hit a utility pole, authorities said. Sasser, whowas thrown about 40 feet, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9p.m., Henderson said.

After Sasser’s car left the road, Ingles, of 2218 Mill CreekLane, lost control of his Cougar and traveled about 75 feet beforehitting an embankment and flipping a number of times. Dunaway, of767 Homesville Road, was thrown several feet from the vehicle.

“It rolled several times,” Henderson said about the car.

Authorities were investigating the accident scene this morning,said Lincoln County Sheriff Lynn Boyte. None of the students werewearing seat belts.

Henderson said autopsies were to be performed Thursday afternoonin Pearl.

The boys, both sophomores at Bogue Chitto School, were membersof the Bobcats football team, and Sasser, a junior, was acheerleader. Bogue Chitto Principal Bobby Allen and counselors weremeeting with students this morning, school officials said.

The Lady Bobcats softball game against McComb tonight has beencanceled. Also, the West Lincoln-Loyd Star softball game has beencalled off.

It was not known if Bogue Chitto’s Friday night football gameagainst St. Andrews would be canceled. School officials said adecision on the game is currently “on hold.”

Lincoln County School Superintendent Perry Miller extendedsympathy to the parents and everyone in the Bogue Chittocommunity.

“It’s certainly a devastating blow to the parents, the communityand the school,” Miller said. “It’s always a tragedy when a youngperson’s life is taken at an early age.”

Miller said the three young people were well-liked and had manyfriends.

“They were good students,” Miller said. “They were an asset tothe school, the church and their community.”

Funeral arrangements for Sasser, the daughter of Larry and KathySasser, and Dunaway, the son of Curtis and Pam Dunaway, are underthe direction of Brookhaven Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements for Ingles, the son of Randy and BonitaIngles, are incomplete.