Witness Describes Tragic Collision That Killed Six


A witness to Monday’s horrific head-on collision in Kosciusko says she was two cars behind the former sheriff of Choctaw County and his wife, when another vehicle in the other lane of traffic pulled out to pass..

“I knew in that moment, whatever they were trying to do, they were going to hit someone.  And they did.”

Tyanna Williams says there was no time for Mike and Jan Hutchinson’s car to swerve out of the way…

“It was nothing they could do to avoid getting hit.”

The former sheriff and his wife were killed along with the four teenagers in the other car– Devonte Ashford, 16, Marvin March, 17, Kobe Vaugns, 15, and Travon Simmons, 15.   The Hutchinsons lived in McCool and the teenagers were all from Kosciusko.   Williams says it was a violent impact with the teenagers’ car flying up into the air and bursting into flames.

“Once I saw the fire start, I knew this is really going to end up being a tragedy.”

She says several drivers got out their cars to see if they could help…

“It was nothing that we could do.  We were just helpless.  And we just started praying.    And my heart really breaks for everyone involved.”

The wreck remains under investigation.

“The Kosciusko Police Department is the lead investigator on this crash being assisted by the Miss. Highway Patrol,” says Lead Investigator Greg Collins.  “They have their own accident reconstructionist that will come out and do an investigation on the crash.”

  1. Pamela Clark
    Pamela Clark
    February 7, 2024 at 9:45 AM

    No matter what God is always in the midst being a comforter, and letting the family know they are safe.

  2. JP
    February 7, 2024 at 10:11 AM

    Kind of an inappropriate article considering that the parents haven’t even buried their children nor have children buried their parents yet. The implication that Jesus was somehow present because the contrast of smoke and metal kind of resembles a face if you squint hard enough is the ridiculous cherry on top.

    • Erin Alexander
      Erin Alexander
      February 7, 2024 at 12:26 PM

      Very inappropriate considering 6 people lost their lives and all the news is considered with is posting a picture.

    • Lola
      March 13, 2024 at 4:01 PM

      I see the face ????

  3. Jo
    February 7, 2024 at 11:35 AM

    Prayers for families involved and students and parents who are so touched by this. Hug your family. We are all praying!

  4. Annie Falls
    Annie Falls
    February 7, 2024 at 12:05 PM

    I am so sorry for all the victims that were killed. They sa God have his time . So we have to give him your time. I believe Jesus was there. I pray for the families and hope they think positive about what happened. Because God don’t take nothing but the blessed.

  5. jh
    February 7, 2024 at 12:19 PM

    jh I agree with you JP, 100 per cent. First, how do people know how Jesus looks. Just because there are drawing of pictures claiming to be Him does not make is so. What are they comparing what they thought they saw to. Sometime it is better to keep quite about things, and this is one of those times.

  6. Jean Morton
    Jean Morton
    February 7, 2024 at 12:35 PM

    God be with all the families. Sad time in Attala county.

  7. Lane
    February 7, 2024 at 12:46 PM

    No one knows for sure what Jesus earthly body and face looked like. Only man made drawings and paintings to speculate. He was NOT a “pretty face” as all the paintings/drawings show. Isaiah chapter 53 2-3 in the Bible tells that Jesus “had no beauty that we would desire him”. This so the attention would be all on Jesus’s teachings and his God the father.

  8. AD
    February 7, 2024 at 12:48 PM

    It is only ridiculous to someone who is not a believer. There is nothing inappropriate about people believing that Jesus is there in the midst of a tragedy.

  9. Paula Walls
    Paula Walls
    February 7, 2024 at 1:49 PM

    Prayers for all involved…

  10. Liz
    February 7, 2024 at 1:59 PM

    In the arms of the angels hope they find comfort there. RIP prayers to all six familieslil

  11. Jason
    February 7, 2024 at 2:42 PM

    He did nothing to prevent the wreck but showed up in the smoke afterwards??? People…..????‍♂️

    • k.s
      February 13, 2024 at 8:56 PM

      your very weird.. God comes in all Shapes and forms. find yourself for real. you sounded very stupid.. with saying what u said about how he didn’t prevent the wreck when it’s your time too go it’s your time. n**ody cannot get into the way of god movements..Cause most of us know the God we serve. May u have a Blessed day. ????

  12. KS
    February 7, 2024 at 3:15 PM

    Absolutely nothing inappropriate about displaying a photo of the wreck with the article. it was shown on TV news reports. It makes a good stark graphic warning to drivers to be careful. Who cares whether some see Jesus or not, if it brings them comfort to see him, then fine.

  13. Sharon B
    Sharon B
    February 7, 2024 at 3:35 PM

    Those of us who are believers have no problem seeing or believing that the face you can see is Jesus. He promised he would always be with us.

  14. LD
    February 7, 2024 at 4:42 PM

    Tyanna Williams, THANK YOU so much for what you did. I wish more people was like you being kind and helpful.

  15. Teri
    February 7, 2024 at 5:20 PM

    Instead of arguing about what you see or don’t see. How about you just pray for all these people that have lost their loved ones.

  16. Matt Davis
    Matt Davis
    February 7, 2024 at 5:35 PM

    It has always amazed me how they take a picture of a regular random white guy and says here’s Jesus… smh . Anyway the image i see has a cigarette in its mouth

    • Unknown
      February 9, 2024 at 1:59 PM

      I’m sure it’s not easy for any of the family and friends of these victims having to read all u inconsiderate comments u disrespectful ppl put. To all the families and friends of these victims I am so deeply sorry for all of ur losses. May they all rest in paradise. ????????

  17. Phyllis Washington
    Phyllis Washington
    February 7, 2024 at 5:49 PM

    This is first let’s pray for each and one family that was lost in this that God will do what he do is comfort the the broking heart in Jesus Name. Know this that is a face in the vehicle God knows what going happen before we know it that is why God is Higher than any of us in Jesus Name Amen ???????????????????????????????????????????????????? sending love to The family ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pray for everyone before you leave home to ask God to send your angel ???? out before your to hold back any thing that not like him dangerous that you can see are don’t see in Jesus Name Amen ????????????????

  18. Monica Edwards
    Monica Edwards
    February 7, 2024 at 6:11 PM

    He did not pull out to pass, at that point in time he was losing control of the vehicle which caused him to be in the other lane when the elderly couple was approaching him. She is telling the story from that end and I am telling you what was already happening from the other end, that part this witness would not have seen.

    • Kira
      February 9, 2024 at 7:44 PM

      How do you even know? If it was an emergency, they would have been blowing their horn to warn others

    • Mellow
      February 10, 2024 at 10:47 AM

      Please remove this lie!

  19. Debbie Rosamond
    Debbie Rosamond
    February 8, 2024 at 1:00 AM

    Praying for all of the family’s!????????????????

  20. Love
    February 8, 2024 at 2:21 AM

    Yes this is inappropriate instead of posting pictures and comments no one agrees with maybe as a city we all could come together as one and show more compassion for one another start a go fund me page and let’s speak out by giving donations that would help lay these individuals to rest can the news post this please

  21. KS
    February 8, 2024 at 11:07 AM

    It’s perfectly 100% appropriate to show photos of this wreck and all other wrecks, news outlets have been doing it for decades and you see much worse images accompanying stories about natural disasters and violence on the national and local news. Text AND images are critically important for news stories of all kinds good, bad and indifferent as they function to inform the viewer. It’s not considered an invasion of privacy at all; it’s called journalism.

    So I guess news outlets should stop showing any/all photos and videos of people suffering from natural disasters and violence which can actually move people to help? This very photo could inspire people to help out these grieving families.

  22. G.S.
    February 8, 2024 at 5:27 PM

    I pray that God gives all the families and friends peace, strength and comfort for the days ahead of you in Jesus name ????. What is sad that this accident affects so many people in so many ways.

  23. Juan Victoria
    Juan Victoria
    February 8, 2024 at 8:50 PM

    I do NOT agree with jp

  24. Mellow
    February 10, 2024 at 12:22 PM

    I don’t agree with Monica Edwards.

  25. PC42
    February 18, 2024 at 7:02 PM

    Now that we have voiced our opinions about this tragic accident, has any one of us said to ourselves, may the good Lord bless them and keep them. I pray they didn’t suffer. None of know what was going through their minds when this was happening. I’m still hurting just to see such a tragedy in Kosciusko. Some of us know family & friends. Let us all have a blessed life.

  26. Lee E.
    Lee E.
    February 23, 2024 at 8:09 PM

    So many people died in auto, and other types of accidents each year. We should be careful about speaking for the Lord at moments like this. Prayer is the most helpful thing we can do for all these families. Seek to do no harm. We know that God love us all and sometimes we don’t know why things happen.

  27. T C
    T C
    March 1, 2024 at 9:12 AM

    IDK if any or all vehicles had daytime running lights on, but that can help to prevent accidents in general. Prayers for all friends and family.
    If this had been under Alabama laws, it may not have happened. It would’ve depended on who was driving. From WSFA12:
    Alabama’s Graduated Drivers License (GDL) Law.

    “It’s one of those things that we like to inform the public and have voluntary compliance,” Benjamin Carswell, with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, said.
    According to the state’s GDL Law, 16-year-old drivers may not have more than one non-family passenger in the car with them at any time.
    “A major violation we see of drivers is they’ll have more than two people in their car who aren’t a household family member. So, somebody that’s 16 years old can only have one other passenger inside that vehicle, unless they’re a parent, guardian, or family member,” Carswell said.


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