Support for the Bryant family after fatal car accident
All four children of MGCCC’s wide receiver coach Bam Bryant were involved in a fatal accident Saturday around 7:30 p.m. on Highway 49 in Stone County.
Coach Bryant’s 19-year-old son Braylon Swanigan died from the accident and the three younger siblings survived with major injuries.
MGCCC Head Football Coach Jack Wright tells News 25 the current health conditions of the children since the accident. “Kennede is in critical condition. She’s going to have a long road to recovery. The other two suffered very serious injuries, broken bones, but they have been released from Forrest General at the moment.”
Coach Wright lives close to where the crash happened in Perkinston. “The scene was about a mile from my house. At that point I got there, the first responders were on scene in masks and doing their part.”
News about the devastating accident spread fast. Once news broke about the accident, community members reached out to MGCCC administrators, coaches, and president looking for ways to help.
Coach Wright started a GoFundMe page once he realized the number of people wanting to help support the Bryant family. As of Wednesday afternoon, $21,000 has been raised. “I think more important than the money is the number of people that have contributed, the number of small donations.”
Coach Wright tells News 25 the community support doesn’t change the tragic circumstances, but if it makes the situation even one percent better, it’s worth it. “They are stretched very thin right now. His wife, Christina, originally is from southern Arkansas. They have a funeral scheduled for Friday.”
Nineteen-year-old Braylon will be laid to rest in Arkansas this Friday. “For the family, it’s going to be a long road to recovery. We all need to support them, trying to get some form of normalcy back in their life.”
If you would like to help out the Bryant family, visit the ‘Support for the family of Bam and Christina Bryant’ GoFundMe page.