Youth killed

Kendrell Jamal Harris died in an accident late Saturday on County Road 53.

A Waldo youth was killed and another was injured late Saturday in a one-vehicle wreck near South Shore Landing on Lake Columbia.

Kendrell Jamal Harris, 17, died when the 2008 model Ford truck he was driving eastbound on County Road 53 failed to negotiate a curve. The truck left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned, according to the preliminary Arkansas State Police report.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Randy Reed.

Harris’ passenger was injured and taken to Magnolia Regional Medical Center. The identity of the passenger was not released in the State Police report.

The wreck happened about 11:17 p.m. near the road’s intersection with County Road 154, east of the lake landing. The weather was clear and the road was dry.

Trooper Trevor Dew investigated the accident for the Arkansas State Police.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Reed Funeral Home. Harris was a senior at Magnolia High School where he frequently made the school's honor roll, and was a member of the Magnolia Panthers football team.

The Magnolia School District posted a brief statement Sunday night on its Facebook page.

"We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Kendrell Harris family as they mourn their tragic loss. Keep them lifted up in your prayers in the days ahead."

Superintendent John Ward said Sunday that Magnolia's Tuesday night football game against the Warren Lumberjacks will go on as scheduled.

The game is part of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield's Kickoff Classic, presented by Hootens.com .

Harris is listed as a senior wide receiver and defensive back for the Panthers.

This was the second fatal automobile accident in Columbia County this year. There were two fatalities in 2018, three in 2017, five in 2016, two in 2015, four in 2014 and five each in 2013 and 2012.

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