BY COLIN KRIEGER
A Lowndes County woman is recovering from injuries from a wreck on ridge Road last Monday, the third accident her family has suffered this year. Ashley Rea, 25, of South Perkins Road, was reportedly heading home on the chilly night just before 4 a.m. when she lost control of her Honda sedan and left the roadway on the eastern shoulder of Ridge Road at the intersection of South Perkins Road.
The car went down the shoulder into a nearby drainage ditch, flipping over at least once before landing on its side. Inside the vehicle was 23-year-old Sean King. His brother Daniel Ray “DJ” King Jr. told deputies that he came from his nearby home on South Perkins Road to assist after he heard of the accident. DJ gained entry into the car and was able to pull his brother from the wreckage. King attempted to pull Rea out as well, but was unable to safely get her out of the vehicle.
Lowndes County District 2 Volunteers and an ambulance from Baptist Memorial Hospital – Golden Triangle arrived on scene quickly, having just completed service at a nearby house fire off of Military Road. An unidentified good samaritan provided warm blankets to Sean and Ashley. First responders quickly stabilized Rea with a neck brace and carefully removed her from the wreckage. As Rea was being brought to the roadside, Sean was placed on a gurney and brought to the waiting ambulance.
Sean King was believed to have suffered a dislocated right shoulder and injured his right knee in the accident; Rea was complaining of neck and back pain. DJ King told first responders on-scene that Ray has had a long history of seizures. Sources told The Packet that Rea was admitted to the hospital, and that she suffered multiple seizures throughout the day.
Although several beer can cans were discovered strewn about the wreckage, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department did not confirm if alcohol was a factor in the accident. Sean King was involved in a similar accident this past October, about 1/4 of a mile north of Monday’s wreck. He was airlifted to Tupelo for emergency medical treatment, and had only recently fully recovered from those injuries. Rea’s father, Danny Larry Rea, Jr, tragically passed away in a motorcycle accident earlier this year on Bluecutt Road.
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