Supervisor critical after wreck

A member of the Union County Board of Supervisors was listed in critical condition following a one-vehicle accident late last Friday afternoon.


District Two Supervisor Sammy Coffey, of Etta, was listed in the trauma and intensive care department of the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. as of press time.

Coffey sustained serious injuries during an accident that happened at approximately 4:45 p.m., Sept. 17 on Highway 30 in Lafayette County.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop E Public Affairs Officer Joseph Miller, Coffey was traveling eastbound on Highway 30 when the accident occurred.

“The vehicle he was driving went off the road on the left side of the highway,” Miller said.  “The accident report said that he sustained moderate injuries and was charged with  allegedly driving under the influence.” 

Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Hamblin handled the accident.

Coffey was transported by ambulance to the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford, Miller said. 

As of Wednesday evening, Coffey’s name was not listed in the Lafayette County jail docket. 

According to hospital records, Coffey was checked in to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. on Saturday, Sept. 18. 

Coffey was first elected to the board of supervisors in 2003, when he defeated incumbent Danny Barnes with 64 percent of the vote.  In the time since he has been on the board, Coffey has been involved in the Union County Development Association, the Pontotoc-Union-Lee Alliance and other organizations.

 Coffey is also the owner of Coffey Trucking in Etta.