By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – A Prentiss County School District official was killed and the district’s superintendent injured in a four-vehicle accident in north Booneville Wednesday afternoon.
Prentiss County School Board President Ronny Kesler identified Jason McKinney as the person killed in the accident. McKinney was Prentiss County curriculum coordinator and transportation director.
Prentiss County Superintendent Randle Downs was injured and airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Kesler said. No condition report was available.
A third victim identified as injured in the accident was Prentiss County Special Education Director Luke Ledbetter, who was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville. A hospital spokesman said there was no patient listed by that name late Wednesday. However, Kesler had said he understood Ledbetter’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey has not confirmed the identity of anyone involved in the accident, but said he would do so Thursday..
A notice had been sent to parents Wednesday that Prentiss County schools are closed Thursday and Friday, and Friday’s football game between Thrasher and New Site will be rescheduled.
The accident happened on North Second Street/Highway 145 at Gaston Road, the chief said, and was called in about 1:15 p.m.
One vehicle involved in the accident left the scene, but the driver was stopped and taken into police custody Wednesday afternoon.
Two vehicles driving on North Second Street/Highway 145 collided, and after the collision the two vehicles wound up hitting two vehicles that were off the road at the nearby gas station/eatery, Ramey said. According to Kesler, McKinney was struck as he walked to join Downs and Ledbetter who were inside their vehicle.
The case remains under investigation by the Booneville Police Department.