UPDATED INFORMATION: Troy Football Play Jadarius Garner Dies in Clarksdale, Mississippi

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According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, on Thursday January 2nd, 2014 at 02:27 am Troopers along with Deputies and Rescue officials from Bolivar County were dispatched to what was thought to be a two vehicle accident on US Highway 61 about 3 miles south of Oreilly, MS.

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

Two vehicles that were traveling southbound on US Highway 61 at that time traveled over the body.

The pedestrian's name who was pronounced dead at the scene is 20-year-old Jadarius Garner.

The drivers of the two vehicles 25 yoa Catrina Nelson from Greenville, MS and 26 yoa Dedrick Franklin from Memphis, TN were shaken up but uninjured in the incident.

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


TROY, Ala. – The Troy University Athletics Department is saddened to announce the tragic passing of football student-athlete Jadarius Garner, who died near his hometown of Clarksdale, Miss., on Thursday, Jan. 2.

"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."

Garner, 20, just completed his second season with the Trojans after transferring to Troy from Jones County Community College in Mississippi. 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.

"I can't express how deeply saddened we are by the loss of Jadarius," Troy Athletic Director John Hartwell said. "Our hearts go out to his family, friends and teammates in this unimaginable time of pain, and we will do all that we can to help and support them."