DHS Principal: Kids must realize that tomorrow isn't promised

Amanda Russell (Photo Source: Family)
Amanda Russell (Photo Source: Family)

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The D'Iberville community is grieving after the early morning death 18-year-old Amanda Russell.  According to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd, Russell lost control of her car and crashed into a telephone pole.

Russell was a senior at D'Iberville High School, and was to graduate next week.

"It's one of those things that seniors sometimes think that they have the world by the tail, and it would never happen to them. Life is precious and you have to be careful all the time," said DHS principal Roy Gill in a cracking voice, full of sadness.

Gill said that Friday was the seniors' last day.  They will not meet again until graduation practice next week.

"It's very hard with graduation next Saturday. The kids have to realize that we never know what tomorrow brings," said Gill.

According to Byrd, Russell's car flipped several times and crashed into a telephone pole. The accident occurred on Paige Bayou Road in Vancleave around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Russell was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma. Byrd said the accident is under investigation, but he does not believe alcohol was a factor.

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