Two Brookhaven (Miss.) High School football players were killed in a car accident after attending a softball game Tuesday night, officials said.
Shaquan Richardson and Javonta Dickey, both 18, were seniors.
Chas Acy, 18, was driving a Hummer when he collided head-on with a Ford F-150 in which Richardson and Dickey were driving on a residential road in Brookhaven. The two Brookhaven High School seniors were attending the game for extra class credit, officials said.
Police Chief Bobby Bell said the two were traveling at around 9:45 p.m. when they were hit head on by a car driven by Chas Acy, 18.
Acy is in the Lincoln County Jail, initially facing charges of DUI-suspended license and no proof of insurance, but he was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide charges around lunch time.
Accident reconstructionists were on the scene Wednesday afternoon, investigating how the wreck took place.
Lincoln County Deputy Coroner Ricky Alford said Richardson was pronounced at the scene, and Dickey was transported to Kings Daughters Medical Center, where he later died.
BHS Head Coach Tommy Clopton said he expects grief counselors to be at the school today. He said so far there is no determination as to Friday’s game against South Jones High School.
Principal David Martin said Richardson and Dickey were both positive, upbeat students.
“Once you had them in class and they knew you they always came by and shook your hand. They were both always smiling whether they knew you or not,” he said. “They made a positive impact no matter where they were.”
School District Superintendent Ben Cox said right now the schools are taking this day moment by moment. This is Homecoming Week, he said, and there are so many activities that are already centered around the team.
“We really want to reach out to let these boys’ parents know how important they are, both their children and them, to us as people and as a school district,” Cox said. “We hope we can do things to help comfort these families. That needs to be our number one mission right now.”