Two die in gyrocopter crash

UPDATED WITH VICTIM'S IDENTITIES

Authorities continue to investigate a wreck on I-55 early Saturday morning that killed two people and left two others injured. 

Hernando Police Chief Scott Worsham said his officers were trying to stop a vehicle stolen from Southaven that refused to stop. From McCracken Road near Vaiden Road in Hernando, the vehicle made its way to I-55 and went north in the southbound lane of the interstate.

The chase continued to the Byhalia Road bridge on I-55, where the vehicle struck an embankment. A passenger was thrown out and killed at the scene.

The driver was injured and taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven, but died from his injuries. Two other occupants were taken to Memphis hospitals; one to Regional One Health and the other to Le Bonheur, Worsham said.

Both southbound lanes of I-55 were closed for several hours while authorities cleared the accident scene and traffic was slowed on the northbound lanes.

The vehicle they were in when the wreck took place had been taken from a Nichols Drive location in Southaven on July 16, said Worsham.

Saturday afternoon, DeSoto County Coroner Josh Pounders identified the victims as Jesse L. White and Kristopher Ford. Both were from Memphis and both were age 20. White was the driver who was pronounced dead on arrival at Baptist-DeSoto and Ford was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. 

Bob Bakken is Managing Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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