The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating why a car swerved into a row of pine trees late Tuesday, an accident that left four teenagers dead. Sarah Gibson, 18, of Benndale, and her passengers, Cody Eubanks, Jeremy Dixon, and Craig Pierce, all 17 and of Greene County, were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
The accident ripped the bark off six pine trees and the car's engine was ripped away as the car flipped. The engine was on fire when emergency personnel arrived, and two of the car's occupants had been thrown from the vehicle.
On Wednesday, a paperback novel and a tape case lay scattered among the debris left in the nearby ditch, remnants from the mangled Chrysler. Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Joe Gazzo said the patrol is investigating and that it's not yet known how fast the car was traveling. Blood alcohol tests were performed, but results have not been released, he said.
The wreck occurred around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Mississippi 57 about two miles south of the Greene County line, about two miles of Gibson's home. The teens were not wearing seatbelts, Gazzo said.
Gibson had attended George County High School last year but was currently enrolled in the GED program at the George County Center.
Eubanks was enrolled in the Greene County Alternative Learning Program working toward his GED as well.
Dixon and Pierce were both seniors at Greene County High School. Dixon was an outfielder for the Wildcats baseball team. Pierce was the great-nephew of Greene County Superintendent Jerry K. Smith.