Southaven accident

The wreckage of a truck that crashed through a fence and into a ditch near the Church Road/I-55 interchange in Southaven Thursday morning resulted in one teenager dead from his injuries and another teenager being taken to a Memphis hospital.  The driver and another teenager in a following vehicle were later arrested. Both vehicles were reported to have been stolen in Memphis.  

Bob Bakken|DTT

Joyriding in stolen vehicles became a fatal event for one teenager from Memphis Thursday morning in Southaven.

Police report a group of four individuals from Memphis that had stolen two vehicles drove into Southaven on an early morning joyride.

One of the vehicles, a truck driven by one of the juveniles, was heading north on Old Airways Blvd. at a high rate of speed shortly after 5 a.m. when it approached a sharp curve just before it reached Church Road at the I-55 interchange.

Police said the driver lost control, smashed through a fence and landed overturned in the ditch in front of the eastbound lanes of Church Road.

Two of the riders in the truck were ejected from the vehicle, but the driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was still able to get out and walk away himself.

The driver apparently jumped into another following vehicle driven by a fourth teenager and the two left the scene.

First responders treated the remaining crash victims, with one being airlifted to Regional One in Memphis, where he later died from his injuries.

The other was transferred to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck involved in the accident and the driver of the other vehicle stolen were found a short time later and arrested on Airways Blvd. between Church and Goodman roads.

The pair are now being held in the DeSoto County Juvenile Detention Center on stolen vehicle charges.

All four involved were said to be 16 or 17 years old and since they are juveniles, their identities were not released.

Bob Bakken is Staff Writer and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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