Single vehicle collision claims the life of George County teenager

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State troopers responded to a single vehicle collision early Monday morning in Stone County that claimed the life of a George County teenager.

Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the single vehicle wreck located on Highway 26 west of Highway 15.

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Former George County football standout Tajiri Washington, gone at the age of 18, as a result of Monday’s single vehicle accident in Stone County.

Less than two months removed from high school graduation, Washington had a bright football future ahead of him.

Whether as a player, preparing to walk on as a freshman at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College or somewhere down the line as a coach.

First year Head Man James Ray says Washington knew every defensive position on the field and it really showed by the time he was a senior in 2019, finishing second on the team with 92 total tackles and serving as one of the team captains.

Needless to say, his tragic loss is being felt throughout the George County High School family both on and off the field.

Ray said, “Oh my gosh. I can’t tell you the type of person that he was. I mean he was a guy that always smiled. He never seemed to have a bad day. He always uplifted other people around him. Tajiri was that guy that he knew every position. He could tell everybody on the field what they had to do and where to line up, so just invaluable to our success last year.”

George County High School Principal Sid Taylor said, “Ty was the student that every teacher wanted to have and he was a true gentleman and he was a very outstanding young man. His smile was very contagious and it would light up a classroom, it would light up the hallways in the school. Ty, we love you, and we are going to miss you and we know that you are shining and guiding light for many of those who are left behind to cherish your memory.”

The wreck is currently under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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