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TILLATOBA – A Tillatoba man died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle wreck near Tillatoba on County Road 154 on Jan. 13. Yalobusha County Coroner Ronnie Stark reported Tommy (T.J.) Evans, Jr., 45, died at Tallahatchie General Hospital.
The wreck was reported around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, Jan. 12. Evans refused treatment at the scene and was later dropped off by an acquaintance at the Charleston hospital, where he again refused treatment according to investigative report. He was discovered outside the hospital unresponsive around 12:30 a.m. Thursday morning and died shortly afterwards.
Stark reported he received a call from Tallahatchie Coroner Ginger Smith Meriwether after she was obtained information that Evans may have been involved in a vehicle wreck in Yalobusha County.
“There were four wrecks in the county on Jan. 13, so we had to track down information to determine if Evans was involved in one of these,” Stark explained about the investigation. The wrecks included a minor accident on the bypass in Water Valley, an accident near Coffeeville where patients were transported for treatment, a two-car wreck described on Highway 32 near Oakland that included an altercation with exchange of gun shots and the single vehicle accident on County Road 154 where a truck stuck a tree. Stark checked the accident reports and learned that Evans was the driver in the wreck on County Road 154. The cause of death was blunt force head trauma.
Stark reported Evans is from Tallahatchie County but had been living in the Tillatoba area. He also said agencies assisting included the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s Department, Tallahatchie County Sheriff’s Department and the Tallahatchie Coroner.