Thursday, February 18, 2010
Two die in separate accidents
By SUE WATSON
Separate single-vehicle accidents took the lives of two people this week.
Monday at 6 p.m., a 19-year-old male lost control of a 2008 Nissan Altima as it was going northbound on Highway 309 South in the town limits of Byhalia, according to coroner James Richard Anderson. A 12-year-old male riding in the front seat, Michael Nicholas Hilton, of 69 Lloyd Lane, Byhalia, was killed and pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
The driver and another 12-year-old male were airlifted to The Med, according to Anderson.
He said the vehicle hit the dip on Highway 309 South just north of Northcentral Electric Power Association in a residential stretch of highway and left the road on the east side.
The vehicle went airborne, overturned and landed upside down and up against a house at 91 Highway 309 South, Anderson said.
A second highway fatality was reported at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday on North Slayden Road about two miles north of Highway 72, Anderson said.
The driver of a 2010 Toyota Corolla, Heather Nicole Huston, 18, of 6835 Oak Forest Drive, Olive Branch, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Anderson.
The coroner, in his report, said Huston was driving to a friend’s house and had been talking on the cell phone with the friend when she lost control of the car. The vehicle left the road, hit the ditch, went up the embankment, struck several small- to medium-sized trees, turned over once and landed back on all fours, Anderson said.
There were no passengers.
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