A tragic single vehicle collision claimed the life of a recent George County High School graduate on Monday, July 6.
Tajiri Lazell Washington, 18, was traveling on Hwy. 26, just west of the intersection of Hwy. 15, when the 2006 Nissan Maxima he was driving left the highway at about 5:19 a.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Word spread quickly through George County and the following post soon appeared on the George County School District Facebook page: “This morning we lost one of our own. 2020 graduate Tajiri Washington was an excellent student, athlete and human being. We love you, Ty, and we will miss you. Please remember his family, friends and teammates during this time of sorrow.”
“Ty was that guy you had to have on your team,” said George County High School head football coach James Ray. “He worked hard, played well every night, was a leader on the field and a great teammate. He always had a smile on his face and was a joy to be around. Since graduation we have been talking to him about becoming a coach just for those reasons. He will be missed.”
The accident is currently under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
The Quarterback Club has teamed up with the GCHS football team to set up a benefit account to assist the family with funeral expenses and other expenses also incurred due to the accident. Donations can be made at Singing River Federal Credit Union into the Tajiri Washington Benefit Account.