Tragedy strikes Edgewood Academy, again

The wreckage of Jacob Benton's 2002 Honda Accord sits in a storage lot in Troy.
The wreckage of Jacob Benton's 2002 Honda Accord sits in a storage lot in Troy.

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - From the looks of Jacob Benton's Honda Accord, it was clear it was a thunderous collision. "It sounded like a big truck tire blew out," said Jerl Sene.

Sene lives within a few yards of the crash site on Highway 167, just south of the Springhill community between Troy and Enterprise.

"It appeared the girl was going to be alright," said Sene.

That girl is 21-year old Megan Wright, the driver of a red 2002 Pontiac Grand Am. Wright suffered a cut on her head and was treated and released from Troy Regional Medical Center.

The outcome wasn't so good, however, for Jacob Benton. Alabama State Troopers say the young man died at the scene. Benton was driving a white 2002 Honda Accord and, for some reason, ended up on the wrong side of the road. His car, traveling north in the southbound lane, slammed head-on into Wright.

Traffic investigators say speed was not a factor, and there is no evidence of drugs or alcohol. They are looking at the possibility that Benton may have fallen asleep at the wheel.

"That's a possibility we're looking into. We'll do some blood work, which is standard procedure in a fatal wreck, but we don't suspect anything," said Trooper Anthony Ellis.

At Edgewood Academy in Millbrook Coach Bobby Carr said Benton was 'one of the best improved players' he's seen in 13-years of coaching football. Benton was number 69 for Edgewood and played defensive back. The team made it to the championship game last year but lost in a nail-biter.

"He was so full of life. I don't think he had any enemies," said Coach Carr. Carr plans to have students and players over at his home for a devotional.

"He could always make you laugh," said a classmate.

Troopers say Wright was wearing a seatbelt. Benton and his passenger Jacob Bond, who was asleep in the back seat were not buckled up. Bond was released late Monday afternoon from Baptist South in Montgomery.

The teenagers were on their way back from Panama City Beach, Florida, after visiting friends.

This is the third football player Coach Carr has lost during his 13-year coaching career and the second at Edgewood Academy.

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