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BHS alum Dillon dies from injuries

A former Ole Brook Panther died this weekend from injuries he received in a one-car crash a week earlier.

Roderick Dillon of Brookhaven was pronounced dead Sunday morning at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Lincoln County Coroner Clay McMorris said.

Dillon, a 2018 graduate of Brookhaven High School, was driving an older model Mercury sedan on North Jackson Street Aug. 26 when his car left the road on the left side in the 1800 block and collided with a tree on the passenger side of his vehicle.

Dillon, the only occupant in the car, was headed to class at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, McMorris said.

Brookhaven Fire Chief Tony Weeks said the call came in just before 9 a.m. and units from Station 2 and Station 3 responded to the crash along with the Brookhaven Police Department.

Weeks said firefighters used a hydraulic rescue device to adjust the frame of the vehicle to gain access to Dillon, who was then transported to King’s Daughters Medical Center by ambulance.

Dillon was a well-liked player at Brookhaven, where he played defensive end.

“Rod was the kind of person you just liked hanging around with,” said football coach Tucker Peavey. “He was a guy who had a lot of friends because he was easy going and funny.”