Northeast freshman dies in Wednesday afternoon car accident

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

JUMPERTOWN – A Northeast Mississippi Community College freshman died Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on Mississippi Highway 4 west in the Jumpertown community.

Clinton Blake West, 19, of Ripley, was pronounced dead at the scene of the 3:30 p.m. accident, said Trooper Ray Hall, spokesman for the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

It appears that West, who was westbound on Highway 4 in a 2005 Nissan Altima, ran off the right side of the road and collided with a tree, and the vehicle overturned several times, Hall said.

West was not wearing a seatbelt.