Tylertown mourns after loss of student

By Kevin Wheeler - bio | email

TYLERTOWN, MS (WDAM) - The Tylertown community is mourning the death of high school student who died from injuries he suffered in a car crash Tuesday morning.

Quincy Conerly, 16, was in the car with two others as they headed to school. The accident happened around 7:00a.m. on Knoxo Road.

"About 7:15a.m., we heard an ambulance go out and you're always concerned at that time of day about kids on their way to school," said Tylertown High School football coach Walter Denton.

Conerly was in the passenger seat when the driver lost control of the car and smashed into a tree.

Frederick Magee was one of the first responders on scene.

"He was trapped," said Magee. "We had to use the Jaws of Life to un-trap him and he was sitting in the passenger seat.  We extricated that one person."

Conerly and the driver were both air-lifted to hospitals. Conerly was taken to Forrest General Hospital where he died in surgery. His death has taken a toll many in the community.

"It's just something that you just hate to see and hate to go through," said Denton.

"It's bad when you see young people in an accident on their way to school, trying to have a good morning, leaving home, and their parents lose a loved one," said Magee.

Coach Denton said Conerly will not only be missed as an athlete, but as a happy and caring person.

"He was one of those kids that did everything you asked him to do. He wasn't a big kid, but he was very physical and very tough," Denton said.

They are traits that cannot be replaced, but only remembered.

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