Mississippi teen killed in Wednesday wreck

Published 3:17 pm Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A Mississippi teen was killed in a Wednesday morning wreck on Interstate 55 near McComb.

Mississippi Highway Patrol State Troopers said Sterling Yarbrough, 19, of Natchez, Mississippi, was killed in the traffic accident that occurred after 8 a.m. Wednesday in Pike County.

Two others also were injured in the accident, MHP Public Affairs Officer Craig James said. Harrison Tharpe, 19, of Brandon suffered moderate injuries, as did the driver Gabriel Schofield, 18, of Natchez.

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Troopers were called to the scene at approximately 8:30 a.m., James said.

“Troopers arrived on I-55, just south of exit 24 on the northbound side to find a 2019 Dodge Charger in the wooded median,” Craig said. “Upon further investigation, Troopers learned that this vehicle was traveling north on I-55 when it left the roadway to the left and collided with several trees before overturning. The collision killed the front seat passenger (Yarbrough) who was not wearing his seatbelt and was pronounced dead on scene by the coroner. The rear seat passenger was air lifted to Forrest General in Hattiesburg. The driver was taken by ambulance to King’s Daughters in Brookhaven.”