Area youths in critical condition
From staff reports
June 4, 2001
Two young people from Lauderdale County injured in unrelated traffic accidents Friday remained in critical condition today at University Medical Center in Jackson.
The first accident, involving 10-year-old Anthony Ivy, occurred about 4 p.m. near the intersection of Royal Road and 46th Avenue in Meridian. The child was riding a bicycle when he was struck by a vehicle driven by 65-year-old Milton Sampson.
A spokesman for University Medical Center said today that Ivy was in critical condition in the hospital's Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
No charges have been filed in connection with the accident, which remains under investigation by the Meridian Police Department's Advanced Accident Investigation Team.
The second accident occurred about 10 p.m. Friday, when a pick-up truck driven by 15-year-old Dustin Killen struck a bridge guardrail on Wildcat Road.
Maj. Ward Calhoun of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department said the rail pierced the front of the truck and tore through the passenger door, where 16-year-old Colby Smith was sitting. The teen-ager was knocked out of the truck and fell off the bridge, a drop of about 15 feet. Both of his legs were partially severed below the knees.
Smith was in critical but stable condition today at University Medical Center.
Calhoun said Killen and a second passenger, 14-year-old Joshua Hendon, were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital and released. All three teen-agers involved in the one-vehicle accident are from the Martin community in Lauderdale County.
The accident is under investigation.