More details revealed in wreck that killed EMCC athlete

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - More details regarding the car wreck that killed 20 year-old-Tyone Clemons have been revealed.

Clemons was an East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman and a former West Jones High School all-star athlete, before being killed in a Saturday morning car accident in Jones County.

Best friends, teammates and brothers. That's what best describes Clemons and 19-year-old Timothy Brown. The two were a shining duo on the West Jones High School football field.

Their senior year, Brown was voted Best All Around and his partner, Clemons, better known as Philly, voted Best Scholar Athlete.

Since graduation, Clemons left Jones County to pursue his football career at East Mississippi Community College. The number 99 defensive lineman was not only an all star athlete for the Mustangs, but was a standout on the junior college level.

The EMCC sophomore's life taken, tragically. Clemons was the passenger, Brown was the driver. The car they were riding in Saturday morning around 11:30 veered off Summerland Road, on the outskirts of Hebron, striking a tree.

According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department, when they arrived on scene both Brown and Clemons were alert. They were both taken to South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel where Clemons died.

Brown's mother said her son was transported to a Jackson hospital for his injuries. From a shattered pelvis to many broken bones, Brown underwent 6 hours of surgery Monday.

Two families are now grief stricken. Clemons was scheduled to play in the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship next month.

This story touched so many hearts from the Pine Belt to EMCC.

EMCC President Dr. Thomas Huebner released this statement on social media following the accident,

"We were devastated to learn earlier today about the death of  Tyone Clemons. Please remember his family members, teammates, and classmates in your thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead. He was a special young man with a great future and he will be deeply missed."