Newellton woman dies in wreck in Vicksburg

Published 11:45 am Monday, October 29, 2012

A Newellton woman was killed Sunday in a three-car wreck at U.S. 61 South and Pemberton Square Boulevard.

Police said Kay Searcy English, 48, was killed when the car in which she was a passenger collided with a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Jonathon Johnson, 37, 2266 U.S. 80, and knocked into another car on Pemberton. The wreck occurred at about 2:27 p.m.

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said English, the stepsister of police investigator Jeff Merritt, was declared dead at the scene. Her death was the second for Merritt’s family in less than a week. His father died Tuesday in Newellton.

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Officer Leonce Young said English’s husband, Richard English, the driver of the car, was taken by ambulance to River Region Medical Center and transferred by helicopter to University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was in fair condition this morning, hospital spokesman Matt Westerfield said. The other two drivers were not injured, Young said.

Young said the Englishes’ Mazda Protege was southbound on U.S. 61 and was turning left onto Pemberton when it crossed in the path of the pickup and was hit on the passenger side.

The impact knocked the car into the front end of a westbound Saturn driven by Melody Killebrew, 62, 100 Pecan Blvd., that was stopped at the traffic signal. The Mazda glanced off the Saturn and stopped on a small concrete island on the north side of Pemberton.

Craig Neuroth, manager of the Tensas Warehouse in St. Joseph and Richard English’s boss, said the Englishes and their family are well-known in Newellton.

He said Richard and Kay English each came from a large families and grew up in Newellton, both graduating from Newellton High School.

“They lived their whole lives in Newellton,” he said. “Richard had two brothers and two sisters, and Kay had three brothers and a sister, and two stepbrothers and a stepsister.”

He said Richard English is a clerk at the warehouse, and Kay was a homemaker.

They had two children, a son, David, 31, and a daughter, Hazel Emfinger, 28, and had two grandchildren, Dalton English, 8, and Dillon English, 11.

“This is a pretty good shock for everyone, especially the family,” he said. “This is a drop for a small community, to bury one family member one week and have to come back and bury another the next.”

The fatality was the third in the city limits this year. Eight people have died in wrecks in the Warren County outside the city.