Two DeSoto County students killed in separate car crashes

By Lori Brown - bio | email

DeSOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC-TV) - DeSoto County Schools mourned the loss of two students Monday, after they died in separate car crashes.

The first crash involved a sixth-grade student from Olive Branch Middle School. The second crash killed a senior at DeSoto Central High School.

Heather Huston, 18, would have graduated from DeSoto Central High School in a matter of months.

"I just never thought it would happen to her," a DeSoto Central High School student said.

Huston crashed on North Slayden Road in Marshall County at 1:30 Tuesday morning. For some reason her car left the roadway and hit several trees. Huston died at the scene.

"I didn't believe it at first and then more people started talking about it," Drew Bowen, a Senior at DeSoto Central High School said.

Huston is the second DeSoto Central High School student to die in a car crash this school year.

"You do think, it could happen to you it could happen to your friends," a Junior at the school said.

"Two seniors too many, we shouldn't have death in the school period," Bowen said.

Drew Bowen read us one of the many sympathy messages left on Huston's Facebook page.

"May we take those beams of light you shined on us and use them to light up the world."

Hours earlier just before six o'clock Monday evening another deadly single car crash, with another teenage driver.

"We just heard a big loud crash," Jennifer Hanks, who lives nearby said.

This time the student who died was a passenger. The child was only in the sixth grade at Olive Branch Middle School. The crash happened in Byhalia Mississippi just off Highway 309.

"Went over the creek, hit the side of the white house, flipped and hit a gas line," Hanks said.

Hanks says the crash's aftermath was heartbreaking.

"One guy was crawling out the back, he wasn't doing too well all bloody and stuff. Another in the passenger's seat he was in a seat belt hanging upside down saying help me get out."

One sixth grade passenger survived, the other died at the scene. The 19 year old driver in the Byhalia crash has not yet been charged. Police are investigating if speed was a factor.

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