Last Saturday evening, a single-vehicle accident claimed the life of the 19-year-old passenger, injured his three teenaged siblings, and scarred local officers who arrived on the scene.The 2009 Honda Accord was traveling just north on Highway 49 near Perk Beach when the car left the road, hit a tree, and caught on fire.
Stone County Sheriff Department Deputies Chaviss Jones and Nathanael Floyd were the first to arrive on scene.
“Once on scene, it’s all a blur because it was like time slowed down,” Jones wrote on Facebook after he worked the accident.
While the car was still in flames, the officers ran to the 2009 Honda Accord and began pulling the children from the car. The car was so mangled from the accident, deputies had to bust out the back windshield to pull the back-seat passengers to safety.
It was determined that Braylon Swanigan, the front-seat passenger, died on impact.
The deputies removed Swanigan, Swanigan’s younger brother, and his two younger step-sisters from the vehicle.
The Wiggins Fire Department and Stone County Volunteer Fire Departments arrived and put out the vehicle fire.
An ambulance immediately transported the children to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, where they were treated for their injuries. One child was later airlifted to Jackson for trauma sustained from the wreck.
All four teenagers in the accident are children of Perkinston residents Bam and Christina Bryant.
Bam is the wide receivers coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Christina works at a salon in Wiggins.
The children were home for spring break.
Floyd were later treated for smoke inhalation and Jones was treated for cuts to his hands.
Jones wrote the accident scene and the cries of the children’s parents will stick with him forever.
“It’s never easy doing what we do and seeing the things we see,” Jones wrote. “If I got that same call again, I would do it all over again because it didn’t matter who was inside or if they liked me or the uniform I wore. I was willing to do whatever.”
Funeral services are scheduled to take place for Braylon this Friday in Arkansas.
There is a GoFundMe set up to help the family, which can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-for-the-family-of-bam-christina-bryant
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.