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Prentiss County Mourns Educator

Posted by R.H. Brown | August 23, 2012 / 05:18pm |

A Prentiss County educator is killed and two other school officials are injured.

A deadly four vehicle wreck that claims the life of 36 year old curriculum and transportation director Jason McKinney has given the Prentiss County School District a reason to mourn, reflecting on one of their own.

"Blunt force trauma from an mva thats what its going to be. Very untimely and very tragic," said Greg Sparks, Prentiss County Coroner.

"Its hard to put into words how devastating we are," said Kevin Balius, Victim's Uncle.

"One of the ladies here was working and she, it was horrific. It was awful," said Cindy Barnes, Prentiss County.

Apparently two vehicles collided, each hitting another vehicle. McKinney was apparently pinned between a vehicle and a waiting car he was getting into.

The educators had eaten lunch here and were headed back to work.

"He was one of those guys that didn't have to tell you who he was. He just got up every morning and he lived who he was and all the rest of it didn't matter how life stacked up. He was willing to take it on and he took it on with a smile," said Balius.

Boonville Police Chief Mike Ramey tells WCBI News, 20 year old Dylan King is being held on a 60 thousand dollar bond and is charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and two counts of leaving the scene involving injuries.

250 students held a Wednesday night prayer vigil for McKinney, an educator Barnes' daughter had grown fond of.

"Yes he was her 8th grade teacher and ball coach and he was the best. She did an essay on him when she was in the 9th grade, because he was her favorite teacher," said Barnes.

Visitation for McKinney will be held Friday  between 5 and eight at Wheeler School Gym.

The Funeral is Saturday at 2 pm, also at Wheeler School Gym.

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