By Sheena Barnett & Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
Lee County authorities are still investigating a Sunday morning car accident that killed two Saltillo High School students.
Gage Fidram and Jesse Witt, both 17, were killed in a one-vehicle accident on County Road 461 in Saltillo. Both teens were killed when the vehicle struck a tree.
“We sent off for some tests just to find out if there were any contributing factors that may have assisted in the reason for this accident. We should have results this week or next week,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.
He said said the tests would determine if anything like alcohol was involved, but that these tests are routine.
“It’s a preliminary test we do any time there’s a fatality,” he said. “We do it on all of them. It’s mainly for informational purposes and to conclude the investigation.”
Meanwhile, the mood is somber at Saltillo High School, counselor Susan Dillard said. Gage, a junior, was a wide receiver on the football team, and Jesse, a senior, was an avid water skier who competed in wakeboard competitions. The two were close friends.
“The were both great kids,” Dillard said. “They always had smiles on their faces. They were well liked by the other students, and they lit up a room when they entered it. They loved life.”
Area pastors and youth ministers, counselors from throughout the Lee County School District and support therapists from Region III are at the school today for grief therapy. Classmates are also making wreaths with messages that will be given to the families of each teen.