PCHS student dies from injuries sustained in wreck

Published 8:14 pm Monday, December 23, 2019

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A junior at Pike County High School has passed away after being involved in a wreck near Brundidge on Friday night.

Reginald “Reggie” Edwards, known as “Peanut” to family, was airlifted from the scene of the wreck on Friday night in critical condition. Three other Pike County graduates were in the car with Edwards and were all transported to hospitals and are recovering from their injuries.

“In the past few months I had really seen a change in Reggie for the better,” said Willie Wright, Pike County High principal. “The thing I think that really inspired him to change was he made a very high score on the ASVAB, giving him the opportunity to go into the armed services. When I gave him his scores, you could almost see tears in his eyes and he had a big smile on his face. He went over and hugged the counselor about 10 times thanking her for what all she’s done.”

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Wright said Edwards had also recently joined the basketball team and was excelling.

“Over the past few months, I’ve seen him mature from a child into a young man,” Wright said. “Reggie touched a lot of lives, he had a lot of friends. He had been through a lot trying to find his pathway through life. Passing his ASVAB was going to give him an opportunity to get away and see the world, to grow up and give a better way of life for his family.”

Edwards and the other passengers of the car collided with an Enterprise Rental Truck near the intersection of U.S. Highway 231 and Alabama Highway 93 at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Friday. The three passengers of the truck were also transported to the hospital with minor injuries and were released.

Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport said the details of the wreck are still under investigation.

Wright said counselors will be available when students return from the holiday break.

“One thing about the community in Brundidge is it’s very close-knit,” Wright said. “The kids love each other and spend a lot of time doing things with each other. Something like this is tragic and a lot to deal with. It’s an opportunity for young men to realize you must have God first in your life and life is short; you never know when God is going to call you home.”