Monday, July 4, 2016

Teen killed in wreck. (2nd update)

A male teen was killed and another seriously injured in a wreck that took place by John Deer Landscaping on Fannin Landing Circle today.  The driver and passengers were all males and ranged in age from 17 to 19 years old.  The deceased is Cole Kirby.  He was a member of the MRA baseball team and the National Honor Society.  The other teens are Peyton Horton, Parker Madeo, and Tyler Price.  They are all in critical condition. 

The boys were riding in a 2000 Jeep Wrangler.  Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said the Jeep went off of the road and the driver overcompensated in trying to get back on the road.  The Jeep flipped several times.  Sheriff Bryan Bailey said his office is investigating.

Update (9:00 AM, 7/5/16): Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued this statement:

One Killed and Three Injured in Single Vehicle Accident in Rankin County

On Monday evening July 4th, 2016, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a one vehicle accident in the 300 block of Fannin Landing Circle near the reservoir Rankin County. Rankin County Deputies along with the Reservoir Fire Department, Pafford Ambulance and Aircare responded to the scene.



Once on scene, responders found that a 2000 Jeep Wrangler appeared to have run off the roadway and flipped several times causing heavy damage to the vehicle and ejecting all of the occupants.

One passenger, identified as Cole Kirby, 18yoa male of Brandon, succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The driver and two other passengers all sustained serious injuries and all three were transported to UMC by Aircare and Pafford Ambulance. Rankin County Coroner David Ruth responded to the scene and recovered the young man’s body.

The accident is currently under investigation by the Rankin County Sheriff’s.

All of the accident victims were 19 yoa and younger and all attended schools in Rankin and Madison Counties.

Kingfish note: JJ obtained a picture of the Jeep:


The school also sent out this email to parents:

Dear MRA Family,

Our hearts are heavy this morning as we write this e-mail. Yesterday, Monday, July 4th there was a car accident involving two of our senior students, Peyton Horton and Cole Kirby, and two other Rankin county students. It is with great sadness that we tell you we lost Cole Kirby, the son of Sherry and Bo Kirby and brother of MRA alum, Tyler. Please be in prayer for the Kirby family as they cope with this loss. When we know further details about the funeral arrangements we will pass them along.

At this time, Peyton is in ICU and will have surgery today to repair damaged vertebrae and is expected to make a full recovery. We ask that you pray for Peyton and the Horton family during this time.

The other students involved, Parker Madeo and Tyler Price, are in ICU. While they have serious injuries they are not life threatening. Please keep these young men and their families in your prayers.

MRA will open our high school gym from 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. tonight as a place to pray for these boys and their families.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

Termie Land
Head of School

Greg Self
Associate Head of School

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Speed kills

Anonymous said...

It wasn't speed. He was forced off the road by some other driver and over corrected to get back on.

Anonymous said...

When you roll over several times, you are driving too fast

Anonymous said...

Speed limit is 35 per 2009 ordinance.

Anonymous said...

Parents' nightmare.

Sorry to hear.

Anonymous said...

So very sad. Your life can change in a second. These parents have lost a son, and many have lost a friend. Prayers for all

Anonymous said...

Jeeps have a terrible reputation for rollovers. Narrow vehicle and drivers think they are in the woods.

Anonymous said...

Speed limit is not 35 out at the John Deere Landscaping stretch. Regardless, prayers and comfort for all involved and their families. Tragedy struck these families.

Anonymous said...

This was an unfortunate event for all involved and horrific accident scene. Speed was likely a contributing factor. I was outside at the time and saw the vehicle fly by at a very high rate of speed with the driver over the double yellow line. When the SO came by enroute to the scene, I knew the jeep had likely had a horrible accident. Thoughts and prayers to the victims and family members.

Anonymous said...

"JJ has obtained the name of the deceased but is withholding publication due to notification of kin. "

My son & his friends were with these guys earlier in the day. The next of kin is well aware of his demise and has requested privacy.

What is the condition of the critically injured passenger? The other two had minor injuries, or so I was told.

C-L Jackson Jambalaya Monitoring Desk said...

Thanks for the heads-up on this KF. After we submitted our morning JJ monitoring report to Sam R Hall he went ahead and had Therese write up the story. As always, without mentioning you and your efforts. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Speed does not kill.

Sudden deceleration kills.

Being ejected from a moving vehicle kills.

A tragic loss nonetheless. Prayers for those injured.

Anonymous said...

CL has listed those involved in their article, but there was not much info about the 3 surviving the accident.

Anonymous said...

Wise parents should know and consider the hazards before giving (or providing)a jeep to their kids. These are only slightly better than a four-wheeler.

Anonymous said...

Prayers to these families. I know the sweet boy that lost his life, and it is devastating news. My son was friends with him.
Newer jeeps are no more prone to flipping than any other SUV on the road and are actually safer due to the roll cage. This was not the parents fault for providing their child with a jeep. Just like any other vehicle - jeeps should be driven with respect but they are nothing like a 4-wheeler.

Anonymous said...

Two of the students involved attended MRA. Below is a letter MRA sent to their students/families. This letter was copied from MSNEWS Now.
Dear MRA Family,


Our hearts are heavy this morning as we write this e-mail. Yesterday, Monday, July 4th there was a car accident involving two of our senior students, Peyton Horton and Cole Kirby, and two other Rankin county students. It is with great sadness that we tell you we lost Cole Kirby, the son of Sherry and Bo Kirby and brother of MRA alum, Tyler. Please be in prayer for the Kirby family as they cope with this loss. When we know further details about the funeral arrangements we will pass them along.


At this time, Peyton is in ICU and will have surgery today to repair damaged vertebrae and is expected to make a full recovery. We ask that you pray for Peyton and the Horton family during this time.


The other students involved, Parker Madeo and Tyler Price, are in ICU. While they have serious injuries they are not life threatening. Please keep these young men and their families in your prayers.


MRA will open our high school gym from 6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. tonight as a place to pray for these boys and their families.


“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18


Termie Land
Head of School


Greg Self

Associate Head of School

Anonymous said...

You have got to be a jeep salesperson.

Your last sentence is the kicker... these are young, inexperienced kids... greatly challenged and distracted in groups.

You don't think parents should realize the possibilities or exercise concern over vehicle types only because YOU would drive slower and more safely.

But, yes, they are slightly better than four-wheelers.

Anonymous said...

I am not a jeep salesperson. Just stating what I know from jeep professionals (that I do know) who drive them, build them and work on them, but none of that matters - the vehicle does not matter - Families are grieving a precious boy who is no longer with us and three others lives have been changed forever.

Anonymous said...

Apparently not wearing seat belts is a contributing factor with the possibility of others. It is summer, adolescents go stupid and do the very things they know not to do. Parents aren't to blame.

Anonymous said...


....Dear Father above,
Please comfort the families and friends of these boys. Heal those still with us and welcome the precious soul you called home.

Amen

Anonymous said...

All these stupid comments!!! Obviously YOU never lost a child or a child family member!! It doesn't matter how it happens! It's traumatic to EVERYONE involved so leave your stupid comments to yourself and think about the families involved abs what they are going through! They don't need your high and mighty comments telling them they were horrible for buying them a jeep or their kids were dumb for not wearing seatbealts or they don't know how to drive! Put yourself in their shoes and see how much you would like those comments!! You wouldn't!!!! So shut up your mouths and pray for peace and understanding for these families! ESPECIALLY the kid that was driving!!

Anonymous said...

What are "Jeep Professionals"? And why would a random person in this area know SEVERAL of them?

Anonymous said...

I feel for each and everyone involved and my prayers go out to all involved and those having to respond to this tragedy and seeing a young man full of potential pass away. We never know where life leads us. We just have to trust God and know that in events like this the ones hurt are in his care.

I hope that the attorneys don't line up begin their push to find blame or fault and cause animosity. I understand these young men were inseparable and very close. If any attorneys are reading this, I know somewhere you all have a heart and feelings although you have been taught to perform your profession and gravitate to situations such as this. Hopefully you as attorneys and family men you will respect this time the family needs to heal. Money can't solve all issues.

Anonymous said...

I hope that the attorneys don't line up begin their push to find blame or fault and cause animosity.

Your pant leg is wet.

Kay Hicks said...

Regardless of the cause of the accident, a young man has lost his life! Nothing can bring him back. This is not the time to be placing blame on anyone or anything! It is a time to pray for this family and the other boys and their families...only God can get them through this, the worst time in their lives!

Anonymous said...

At one time auto manufactures were forced to send out warning stickers to be attached to the jeep to warn of the danger of roll overs.
Jeeps are not like other vehicles. Salesmen can try to tell you that but common sense should tell you better.

Anonymous said...

lifted jeeps get a well known issue call the "death wobble" that can lead to the loss of control.

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