Two JSU students killed in Clinton crash

UPDATE: 05/17/2017 1:43pm  The two people who were killed the crash have been identified as 21-year-old Jonathan Thomas and 19-year-old Skylar Liddell.  Both are students at Jackson State University.  Thomas was a player on the school’s basketball team.  Liddell had just completed her freshman year.

[EDITOR’s NOTE: This post has been changed to correct the spelling of the name of the young woman killed in the crash, Skylar Liddell.]

 

UPDATE: 05/17/2017 12:03pm The Mississippi Highway Patrol continues to investigate a crash earlier on Wednesday on North Frontage Road.

Clinton Police Chief Ford Hyman says that two people – the driver and passenger of a dark-colored Honda were killed at the scene.  The incident began at approximately 3:00am at the Shell Station on Springridge Road near the Natchez Trace.

Chief Hyman says the clerk at the store called 911 to report a suspicious car in the parking lot.  When an officer arrived and tried to approach the driver of the vehicle the driver took off immediately at a high rate of speed.  Police say that the as-yet unidentified driver was last seen going west on Highway 80.  Approximately thirty minutes later there was a report of that vehicle leaving the road.  The chief remains adamant that the vehicle was not chased by police.  “I do extend our heartfelt sympathies once again to the families.  This is tragic,” Chief Hyman said, “but due to the driver’s behavior, and his speeds, and how quickly he fled from police.  That’s where we are right now.  We don’t know any more than that.  We don’t know why.  It’s under investigation.”

Police say they still do not know why the driver took off so quickly.

The names of the driver and passenger are not being released until family members can be contacted.

Original Story:

CLINTON, Miss. (WJTV) – A fatal accident at North Frontage Road near the Natchez Trace in Clinton claims the lives of two early Wednesday morning according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP).

Corporal Eric Henry with MHP says it was a one-vehicle accident.

A dark colored Honda was traveling west on North Frontage when the driver lost control and struck a tree.

According to Henry the driver and a passenger were killed on scene.

The names of the crash victims are not being released at this time, pending notification of family.

 

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