March 22, 2009
A Saturday morning wreck on Highway 45 South left one Columbus man dead and another two in the hospital, according to a report released by Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant.
The wreck happened at about 3:45 a.m. when a 1997 Toyota Camry traveling north and driven by 20-year-old Anthony Skipper left the road, struck a culvert and flipped.
During the wreck, Skipper, 20-year-old Juvante Williams and 25-year-old Johnathan Hughes were thrown from the car and landed along the side of the road, about nine miles south of Columbus, Merchant explained.
"Skipper was pronounced dead on the scene, and the other two were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital (Golden Triangle)," said Merchant.
"Speed is thought to be a factor in causing the accident," Merchant said. "I haven''t seen the report stating if they were wearing seat belts or not, but it seems doubtful since all three of them were ejected from the vehicle."
As of Saturday night, Williams and Hughes remained in the hospital, though BMH-GT officials declined to release their conditions.
Investigation of the wreck is ongoing, and is being handled by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
india commented at 3/22/2009 8:57:00 PM:
I AM PRAYN FOR ALL OF U
Annetrice Hairston commented at 3/22/2009 10:10:00 PM:
I am so SORRY bou what happened to Anthony,I dont kno him but i would love to see a picture of him.and i keep him in my prayers
JCF commented at 3/22/2009 11:13:00 PM:
What is it going to take to get the young people to buckle up! The seat belts do save lives and I think more parents need to pound it in their children's heads and be stern about it, they really do work and it sounds like these 3 didnt ware them and prayers are sent to them, Anthony went before his time, I believe, god speed!
brandon commented at 3/23/2009 9:17:00 AM:
We grew up together like brothers,my heart is full,God be with us all.
brittany commented at 3/23/2009 5:08:00 PM:
I went to school with Anthony "Skipper" and I can not believe this happened!!! First Michella now him...I will pray for all their familes. God please be with us all, like brandon said!! :(
Mara commented at 3/23/2009 5:57:00 PM:
I've been in the military since I graduated Columbus High School in 2006, and I've also been stationed overseas since then. Every time I read the newspaper or pick up the telephone I'm always hearing somebody has died or went to jail that I graduated with or grew up with, ya know. It's no longer the older people whom GOD is calling home, it's us young folks as well. It seems as if car wrecks and murders has a major role in the loss of lives now. My heart and soul goes out to all 3 of the boys family, SKIP, Monkey Man and the other dude. My heart also goes out to Jessica Jackson and Hunter Pates family and the 3 MSU attendees whom lost their lives this weekend.
aquela commented at 3/23/2009 7:29:00 PM:
RIP SKIPP!! 08 ENDED BAD 09 STARTING WORSE.
asia commented at 3/24/2009 4:09:00 PM:
I am so devastated to hear the news about Skipper. I met him when I came to Columbus High in the ninth grade and he was surely a special character. He seemed to know just what to say to get the class to laugh(Mr Mayfield's Pre-Algebra) . I agree with Mara it seems everyday I hear about a classmate or a classmates family member passing. My condolences go out to Skipper's family and I will add his family to my list of prayers along with my prayers for other former classmates who have passed or had tragedy in their family.
DJ commented at 3/27/2009 12:05:00 AM:
R.I.P Skip I love you bra, I think about him sun down to sun up, he was my first cousin and dis stuff so hard to swallow. One thing I can say about him is he wasn't bout no games when it came down to family. R.I.P homie you gone stay in my heart forever. WHY HIM GOD?
THE ROLAND''S commented at 3/30/2009 4:11:00 AM:
RIP IN PEACE SKIP....OUR PRAYERS GOES OUT TO YOUR FAMILY.THIS COULD HAVE BEEN ANYBODY.WERE SO SORRY BOUT THE TRAGIC.
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