STARKVILLE — Starkville High School is mourning the loss of a classmate after a fatal vehicle accident Saturday night claimed the life of senior Breanna Hampton.
Hampton, 18, was the passenger in a single-vehicle accident at 9:35 p.m. on Sand Road, near Louisville Street.
The Starkville Police Department said Hampton, and a driver, whom they declined to identify, were traveling in a small white sedan before they hit a tree on the side of the road. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Hampton was airlifted to University Medical Center in Jackson. She died at 1:30 a.m. Monday morning as a result of her injuries.
The driver of the vehicle was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle and was later released.
“We are deeply saddened by Breanna’s death in this tragic accident,” said Dr. Beth Sewell, interim superintendent. “Our hearts go out to Breanna’s family, friends and classmates. We ask that you remember them and the entire Starkville High School family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
Hampton was a four-year member of the SHS gospel choir, where she sang in the alto section. She was promoted to section leader this year.
“I knew from the very beginning that she would be a star that shined because she showed dedication from the very beginning,” said Sherre Ferguson, gospel choir teacher. “Anything we ever needed, she was always willing to help. I also taught her 11th grade English, and was always a dedicated student with a pleasant demeanor.”
Starkville High School Principal Keith Fennell said the school has four counselors, plus a district counselor, who are available to students and faculty for grief counseling.