MBI probes player’s death
by Courtney Warren
Jan 03, 2014 | 2859 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Early Thursday morning officials were dispatched to what they thought was a car accident, however upon arrival it was discovered that a body was lying in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 61.

According to Highway Patrol Trooper Tony Dunn, at 2:27 a.m. troopers, along with deputies and rescue officials from Bolivar County, were dispatched to what was thought to be a two vehicle accident on U.S. Highway 61 about 3 miles south of O'Reilly.

"Upon arrival it was found that a body of a pedestrian had been lying in the southbound lane of U.S. Highway 61."

Dunn said two vehicles traveling southbound at the time ran over the body.

The pedestrian, whose name was at first withheld pending positive identification and notification of family, has been found to be Jardarius Garner, 20, of Clarksdale.

Dunn reported the drivers of the two vehicles, Catrina Nelson, 25, of Greenville and Dedrick Franklin, 26, of Memphis, Tenn., were shaken up but uninjured in the incident.

The investigation has been turned over to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations Accident Investigation Division.

Garner was a football player for Troy University in Alabama and according to a press release from the athletic program, had just completed his second season with the Trojans after transferring from Jones County Community College.

He appeared in all 12 of Troy's games this past season and was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9.

He had 21 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks in 12 games as a sophomore.

"This is a terrible tragedy and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jadarius' family in this time of grief," Troy football head coach Larry Blakeney said. "Jadarius was a well respected member of our football team and his loss will be felt by all of us."