Fatal auto accident involves Pontotoc youth

1STOCK Accident SeatbeltGlass graphicHOUSTON – A Pontotoc teenager has died as result of an automobile accident on Highway 15 north early Sunday morning.

Chickasaw County Coroner Andy Harmon said Tristan David Stafford was killed about 5:45 a.m. north of the Houlka intersection and just south of the Chickasaw County line.

“He was northbound on Highway 15 in a Chevrolet extended cab pickup when it left the road and rolled several times,” said Harmon. “Stafford was the lone occupant of the truck and no other vehicles were involved in the accident.”

Harmon said details of the crash are not known at this time and it is being investigated by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

“We are not sure if he was wearing a safety belt, but he was thrown from the vehicle,” said Harmon. “We have had several accidents involving youth in this area and I want to urge them to please drive safely and use their safety belt any time they are riding in a vehicle.”

Harmon said the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department, TransCare Ambulance Service and Houlka Volunteer Fire Department responded to the accident.

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