By Errol Castens
ABBEVILLE – A U.S. Marine just days from finishing his four-year hitch was killed early Friday morning when his car was rear-ended on Highway 7 North near the Tallahatchie River bridge. The deceased man was identified as Samuel Spraberry, 22, of Oxford.
Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Joey Miller said MHP officers along with others from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies are looking for the driver of a 2004 Taurus that hit Spraberry’s Toyota Corolla from behind as both were northbound on the highway, just north of Abbeville.
A passerby reporting the wreck to Lafayette County E-911 said the driver of the Taurus was a Hispanic male and left the scene on foot.
A family friend said Spraberry had served with the Marine Corps in Afghanistan and Japan and was about two weeks from his honorable discharge. He was planning to attend the University of Mississippi.