Jackson County

Two Cruisin’ The Coast visitors die in Jackson County crash


Two people died Monday afternoon while visiting with a group for Cruisin’ The Coast.

An elderly couple was in a 1973 Volkswagen modified as a dune buggy, Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Chase Elkins said. He said the couple was traveling in a group of cruisers on Mississippi 614 when a 2008 Hundai Sonata driven by Jarrod B. Boren, 20, of Lucedale, pulled into the Volkswagen’s path from Slider Road, which has a stop sign.

Elkins said the couple was not wearing seat belts.

The male driver, 76, and his 79-year-old female passenger died. He was from Breckenridge, Texas, while the woman was from Burnet, Texas, Elkins said. Their identities were being withheld until relatives could be notified.

When hit, Elkins said, the Volkswagen was traveling in the westbound lane in front of East Central High School.

Boren was taken to Singing River Hospital with minor injuries.

The crash is under investigation.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99