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Ole Miss Volleyball Player Killed in Accident

Jonathan Hernandez10 months ago

A volleyball player from Ole Miss was killed in a car accident just south of the Tennessee state line.

Details about the Accident Involving the Athlete

Multiple sources are reporting that a volleyball player from the University of Mississippi, 23-year-old Ty Laporte, was killed in a two-vehicle accident just a few miles south of the Tennessee state line.

According to Mississippi Highway Patrol Master Sergeant Ray Hall, Laporte was pronounced dead Thursday evening in Benton County, Mississippi about 50 miles north of Oxford.

Hall says that it appears that Laporte pulled out into the path of an 18-wheeler that was being driven by 63-year-old Rickey Kirkpatrick from Rainsville, Alabama. The accident happened at the intersection of Mississippi Highway 7 and US Highway 72.

The circumstances of the accident remain under investigation and, as of right now, no charges have been filed against the driver of the 18-wheeler or anyone else.

Important Information about College-Aged Drivers

According to the Brain Injury Society:

  • 28 percent of drivers up to age 20 that were killed in car crashes had a BAC of at least .01 or higher.
  • Drivers between the ages of 21-24 had the highest percentage of traffic fatalities with a BAC of .08 or higher.
  • Drivers in their 20s make up 27 of all distracted drivers involved in fatal accidents.

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