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According to the Georgia State Patrol, a crash that killed three Brooks County football players has been confirmed as due to speed and driving error.
Jicarre Watkins, Johnnie Parker, and Shawn Waters were killed when their SUV crashed into a tree on July 9, 2013.
Because of the demolished nature of the vehicle, it was suspected that speed was a factor in the wreck.
WCTV will bring you updates on this story as they are available.
By: Kara Duffy
July 9, 2013
Brooks County, GA- Friends and family members gathered at the Brooks County Board Of Education just hours after they heard the heartbreaking news.
Three high school football players were killed and a fourth injured after their SUV slammed into a tree along North Webster Road, just north of Quitman.
Troopers say, the teens were on their way home from football practice.
"The vehicle for whatever reason ran partially off the right shoulder of the roadway," said Sgt. First Class Carl Taylor with the Georgia State Patrol. "The driver over-reacted, brought the vehicle back on the roadway. It rotated into the ditch on the opposite side of the road. The vehicle started to overturn and struck the tree."
Rising seniors Jicarre Watkins and Shawn Waters, and rising junior, Johnnie Parker, died on the scene.
Devron Whitfield, also a rising junior, was air-lifted to Shands Hospital in Florida.
"The community is just devastated," said Owen Clemmons, the superindentient for Brooks County Schools. Both the school community and our general community is just really in shock. It such a tragedy here in Brooks County."
School officials say students, teammates and the entire community, are in need of support now, more than ever.
"We just solicit the prayers and thoughts from our community and it's going to take a community effort to really pull us through this. We're looking for answers, but we need help now," Clemmons added.
Clemmons said the school has counselors available for students who are in need.
Also, at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, the Brooks County football coach will be meeting with the team, along with local pastors and counselors to offer their support during this extremely difficult time.
According to Brooks County Schools
Rising seniors Jicarre Watkins and Shawn Waters, and rising junior, Johnnie Parker, were all three killed in a Brooks County car accident this morning.
Devron Whitfield, also a rising junior at Brooks County, is in critical condition and was air-lifted to Shands Hospital in Florida.
Brooks County Schools has announced that they will be having a prayer vigil at 6pm tonight in the cafeteria at Brooks County High School.
Statement from Brooks County Schools
QUITMAN - Brooks County Schools is saddened by the tragic car accident that killed three of its high school students and left one in critical condition. Counselors are available to support students and staff during this difficult time.
Brooks County Schools ask that the community, students and staff please keep the families of these students in this tragic accident in their prayers.
At this time we are unable to confirm any further details. There will be a prayer vigil at 6pm tonight in the cafeteria at Brooks County High School.
According to Brooks County Sheriff’s Office
Three Brooks County football players have been killed in a car accident, and one person is being air-lifted to Shands Hospital in Florida after a one-car crash in Brooks County this morning at about 9:30 a.m.
The wreck happened on Webster Road, by Brooks County High School near Quitman.
Right now, the road is blocked and the Georgia State Patrol is investigating.
One person ejected out of the vehicle was lifted to Gainesville about 9:30 this morning.
As of right now, the names of those involved have not been released. Please stay with WCTV Eyewitness News for the latest on this developing story.