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11-year-old girl dies in go-kart accident


David Miller



A second Starkville School District student died on New Year's Day in a go-kart accident in Athens, Ala. 


Laura Carson, 11, crashed into the back of an unoccupied parked vehicle at 1:15 p.m. on Mahalo Circle, south of U.S. 72, about 100 feet from the Athens city limits, according to The Decatur (Ala.) Daily News. Troopers said she was not wearing a helmet. 


Carson, a sixth-grader and member of the band at Armstrong Middle School, was visiting relatives in the area. She was later pronounced dead at Athens-Limestone Hospital. 


"We gave her CPR and (prepared) her for transport by ambulance to the hospital," East Limestone Fire Chief Joey Boyd told The Decatur Daily. "She had just turned off of one street onto another street, about 100 to 150 feet from the intersection." 


Laura Carson is the daughter of Lee and Jennifer Carson. Funeral arrangements have not been announced. 


Starkville High junior Devin Mitchell was shot and killed in West Point just before 3 a.m. Sunday. West Point police arrested and charged 31-year-old Tavaris F. Collins with his murder.  


Funeral arrangements are pending.  


"Our hearts are heavy and our grief is great as we mourn the loss of Laura Carson and Devin Mitchell," SSD Interim Superintendent Dr. Beth Sewell said in a news release. "These students brought great joy to their families, friends and teachers. Their untimely, tragic deaths have left us heartbroken. 


"We ask that you lift up Laura and Devin's family as they grieve and that you remember all of the students in the Starkville School District during this time of tremendous loss." 


Breanna Hampton, who was a senior at Starkville High School, died from injuries suffered in a single-car accident on Nov. 5.




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