By CARL SMITH
A 19-year-old Starkville resident was killed and six other passengers were injured in a single-vehicle accident Wednesday morning on Oktoc Road.
Oktibbeha County deputies responded to the Oktoc/Bluff Lake area approximately 12:11 a.m. Wednesday and discovered a 1999 Ford Explorer overturned 20-30 yards away from the T intersection of Oktoc and Skinner roads. Deputies said seven people were in the SUV at the time of the wreck.
Treasure K. Huffman, 19, of Starkville, was pronounced dead at the scene by Oktibbeha County Coroner Michael Hunt.
Six victims were transported to OCH Regional Medical Center, where three were treated and released. Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office officials said two victims were transported to Jackson and one to Tupelo.
All three were listed in critical condition as of arrival, the release stated. No further information on the victims’ conditions was available at press time.
Sheriff Steve Gladney said alcohol was present in the vehicle at the time of the wreck and blood samples were taken from each victim.
Deputies did not officially announce the driver’s identity Wednesday due to the ongoing nature of the investigation. No charges have been filed in connection with the wreck, but Gladney did not rule out the possibility.
Oktibbeha County Fire Services Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan responded to the accident along with volunteer firefighters from Oktoc and District 5 volunteer fire departments. He said it appeared the Explorer left the road, went airborne for a short distance and hit a tree almost 70 feet from the intersection. Excessive speed, he said, played a role in the accident.
Huffman was a 2011 honors graduate of Starkville High School and was enrolled Mississippi State University at the time of her death. Visitation is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at Adaton Baptist Church.
SHS instructor R.J. Morgan taught Huffman during her sophomore year and said he remembered her shy-yet-funny nature.
“She had a really good personality and always seemed to get along well with her classmates,” Morgan said.
In a release from Starkville School District, Assistant Superintendent Beth Sewell said Huffman brought great joy to her family, friends and teachers.
“She will be greatly missed by all who knew her,” Sewell said in the release.