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:
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
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