PEARL, Miss. – A Pearl High School senior is dead after losing control of his pickup truck this afternoon.
The deadly accident happened less than a mile from school.
Now family and the Pearl High School community are trying to make sense of this tragedy.
“It’s really devastating, it never gets easy,” Anthony Porrier told us after the death of his son.
The tire marks on Country Place Parkway in Pearl show the path 17-year-old Tyler Porrier’s Chevy Silverado took before he lost control of the truck.
“I mean he was speeding and lost control,” Anthony said.
The accident happened around 2:30 Thursday afternoon just moments after Porrier was released from Pearl High School.
“Investigators now looking into that crash scene investigators, they’ll be reconstructing some numbers to try to figure out, calculate an approximate speed and talking to witnesses,” Pearl Police Lieutenant Brian McGarity explained.
Pearl police say the truck rolled over into a wooded area.
The teen was pronounced dead at the scene.
“He was very outgoing, he played baseball for Pearl city league–he was an A/B honor roll student,” Anthony said.
“We know with most seniors it’s the best year of their life, before they go on to better things so I’m sure the school, classmates, and the community as a whole will be affected by it,” McGarity
His father tells us, Tyler recently took his senior pictures and was looking forward to graduating now this father wants to share a message to keep parents from the tragedy he is facing.
“Slow down do the speed limit, that’s why they make a speed limit wear your seat belt. He had his on, but it does save life,” Anthony said. “Kids just slow down.”
Tyler father tells me funeral arrangements are pending at this time, but they are planning to bury him at a Richland cemetary.