PONTOTOC – Tupelo High School senior John Paul Frerer, 18, was killed while riding his bike from Tupelo to Oxford Thursday morning, according to Lafayette County Coroner Lonnie Weaver.
Weaver said family members of Frerer said he was training and was planning on riding his bike 120 miles today. The accident happened just inside the Pontotoc County line on Highway 6 shortly after 9 a.m.
Frerer was taken to the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford where he was pronounced dead at 9:47 a.m.
The accident is under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Frerer competed in last Saturday’s King of the Hill Triathlon at Tombigbee State Park. He was a part of the winning relay team in that event.
Funeral services for Frerer will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at St. James.
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