Kiln teen killed in crash on Hwy. 603

One person was killed and another injured Friday evening when a Ford truck struck a tree near Firetower Road and Highway 603, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Johnny Poulos said Tuesday.

William Arthur, 17, of Kiln was pronounced dead at the scene and Jody Jarrell, 39, was taken to Gulfport Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries, Poulos said.

The accident occurred at 7:25 p.m. On Friday, July 30.

Apparently, Poulos said, Jarrell was driving a ’98 Ford Ranger north on Highway 603 when the truck left the roadway on the right side and struck a tree.

Arthur, who was riding in the passenger seat, was killed at impact, officials said. Hancock County Coroner Norma Stiglet said Monday that Arthur died of massive head and body injuries.

Neither Jarrell nor Arthur were wearing seat belts, Poulos said.

No charges have been filed in the case, but it remains under investigation, Poulos said.

Arthur lived in the Silver Creek community and was a student at Hancock High School, officials said.

BY: Dwayne Bremer

The Sea Coast Echo

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