Christmas deaths 12-25

Monroe County

Couple killed in auto wreck Christmas Eve

AMORY – Two Monroe County residents were killed in an automobile accident on Christmas Eve after striking a deer and running off the highway.

Around 9 p.m., Brian Fanter, 33, and his wife, Becky, 36, both of 1017 Ivy Circle, Amory, were traveling east on Highway 278 just outside the Amory city limits when they struck a deer in their 1990 GMC Jimmy and lost control of their vehicle, crashing into a tree.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene of multiple trauma, said Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley. The deer went through the windshield and was found dead in between the Fanters, Gurley said.

The Fanter’s two children, ages 11 and seven, were also in the vehicle and were picked up on the side of the highway by a passing motorist. They were transported to Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory where they were treated and released for minor injuries, Gurley said.

“It took a few minutes for rescue personnel from the Amory Rescue to locate the vehicle,” Gurley said, “it had run into the woods and could not be seen from the highway.”

None of the passengers were wearing seatbelts.

Itawamba county

Fulton man dies in mobile home fire

FULTON – A Fulton man was killed Saturday in a house fire at his residence.

Around noon Saturday, Thomas Jeffery Burnett, 38, of 2184 Ryan/Salem Road, Fulton, was pronounced dead on the scene as the result of smoke inhalation, said Itawamba County Coroner Shirley Davis.

There were no other injuries in the blaze.

Dorsey teen dies in one-vehicle crash

FULTON – A Dorsey community teen died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash.

Around 7:50 a.m., Joshua Gray, 17, was killed when he lost control of his 1993 Ford Ranger pickup truck while making a turn on Loden Road.

The truck overturned, ejecting Gray, and he was pronounced dead on the scene. A 15-year-old passenger in the truck was not injured.

The accident is under investigation by the Itawamba County Sheriff’s Department.

Prentiss county

Booneville man killed in house fire

BOONEVILLE – A Booneville man was killed in fire at his home on Friday afternoon.

Around 2:30 p.m., Jasper Cephus Johnson, 76, was killed when fire destroyed his 501 S. Brant St., Booneville, brick frame home.

Booneville Fire Department responded to the call, and one firefighter suffered a slightly injured leg.

The fire is under investigation by the Booneville Fire Department and the Mississippi Firemarshal’s Office.