Highway Patrol identifies Chickasaw County accident victim

Ole Miss offensive lineman Park Stevens. (@_parkstevens/Twitter)

Ole Miss offensive lineman Park Stevens. (@_parkstevens/Twitter)

EGYPT— The Mississippi Highway Patrol has identified the victim of a fatal auto accident near Okolona in Chickasaw County as a Columbus native and member of the Ole Miss football team.

The Highway Patrol said in a statement released yesterday that 20-year-old Park Stevens of Columbus was killed when his pickup collided with the rear of an 18-wheeler at Egypt Road and U.S. Highway 45A around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Stevens was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred about 3 p.m. at the intersection of Egypt Road and Highway 45A in eastern Chickasaw County when a 1996 green Peterbuilt tractor trailer driven by 56 year old Charlie Rowell of Okolona pulled onto the Hwy and was traveling south when he was hit in the rear by a 2008 Maroon Chevrolet Silverado driven by Park.

Stevens was not restrained and pronounced dead at the scene by Chickasaw County Coroner Andy Harmon. Rowell was restrained and suffered no injuries.

The patrol says the accident is under investigation.

Ole Miss officials say Stevens joined the Rebels in the spring as a walk-on, transferring to Ole Miss after two seasons at East Central Community College. Stevens went through spring drills as a backup offensive tackle

Coach Hugh Freeze posted on the Ole Miss Facebook page that team’s thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens’ family and friends.

This is the second fatal accident at the Hwy 45A/Egypt Road intersection in two months.

A multi-vehicle accident Wednesday night May 15 killed the driver of an 18-wheeler and sent several area residents to the hospital. In that accident a vehicle attempted to cross the intersection, was struck by a vehicle and when the 18-wheeler attempted to avoid the accident it overturned, struck both vehicles and killing the driver of the semi. That accident sent five people to the hospital, including a six-month-old infant.

Services for Park, who had relatives in Okolona, will be Saturday with burial in Van Vleet. A complete obituary can be found on the Obituary Page of the Chickasaw Journal.

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