Four dead after car accident
A two-vehicle accident left four dead and six injured late Friday night.
Coroner Clay McMorris said Nicholas King, 19, died on scene. Deputy coroner Ricky Alford said Faith White, 15, and Curtis Gunnell, 17, died on scene. Deputy coroner Robert Tyler said Kylee R. McCord, 16, died at King’s Daughters Medical Center.
Brandon Fortenberry, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesperson, said in a press release a 1994 Chevrolet pick-up was traveling east on U.S. Highway 84 when a 2005 Dodge Stratus was traveling south on Watts Lane and attempted to cross 84. The Chevrolet then came into contact with the Dodge on the right side.
The press release stated the Chevrolet was driven by Donald Dickerson, 40. Passengers included Shawn Williams and Aireona Allison, both 23. All of whom were transported to hospitals.
The press release identified Dustin Hall, 17, as the driver of the Dodge. The Dodge passengers included King, White, Gunnell, McCord, Ricky Williams, 22, and Linza Black, 18. Hall, McCord, Williams and Black were also transported to hospitals.
Fortenberry said Dickerson, Allison and Hall are in severe condition at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
The accident is still under investigation.
Several of the victims attended high schools in the Lincoln County School District.
“This is a very tragic and sad time for us as a community,” said Lincoln County Superintendent Terry Brister. “This type of loss is never easy and when it happens, we try to face it as an entire Lincoln County family. Our thoughts are prayers are with the families of all those involved.”
Two of the victims, McCord and White attended West Lincoln Attendance Center.
“They were great students and sweet girls. Always did what they were asked,” said West Lincoln Principal Jason Case. “They will be missed by the school.”
Case said there will be councilors and ministers on hand at the school Monday for any student who needs them.
Matthew Elkins, a senior at West Lincoln, knew Curtis Gunnell well enough to call him a good friend.
“He was a nice guy to hang out with. We would ride around on weekends,” Elkins said. “I’ll miss him.”
“We pray for these things not to happen, but it seems like every year we face these kinds of tragedies. It is never easy, but we are good about pulling together as a family,” said Brister.