Coahoma deputy killed in one-car accident

Coahoma County Deputy Sheriff Jerry

Wayne Hudgins died Friday night in a one-vehicle accident near

Mississippi Highway 1 west of Clarksdale.

Sheriff Andrew Thompson Jr. said Saturday that Hudgins, 43, was

responding to a call to Stovall Grocery when his car left Stovall

Road and hit a tree. The accident occurred about 9:50 p.m.

"There are some bad curves on Stovall Road," Thompson said.

Thompson said Hudgins was going to investigate a report of some

"suspicious looking guys" at the grocery. The sheriff said three

deputies were dispatched in separate vehicles.

A deputy who was following Hudgins along Stovall Road reported

"seeing blue lights" and then "they disappeared," Thompson


Thompson said deputy began to back track on Stovall Road and

discovered Hudgins' vehicle slammed into a tree.

An autopsy has been ordered.

County Coroner Scotty Meredith pronounced Hudgins dead at the


Thompson said Hudgins started out as a part-time deputy in

October 1996. Hudgins completed his training at the Mississippi Law

Enforcement Academy and became a full-time deputy in October 2003.

"Wayne just celebrated his fourth year as a full-time deputy,"

Thompson said. "Wayne was energetic. He never refused an

assignment and you could rest assured it will be done." Thompson

called Hudgins "conscientious. A person who was well liked in the


Funeral services are scheduled 2 p.m. Tuesday at Clarksdale

Baptist Church. A list of survivors was not available.


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