Suspected game of chicken kills teenager

Published 1:50 pm Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A 16 year-old boy died as a result of a head on collision involving two small vehicles.

The collision of the two small vehicles, a mini bike and a four wheeler, is suspected to be due to a game of chicken that lead to the death of Conan Cordero Coleman of Poplarville.

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Shane Tucker said the department got the call about the accident Saturday afternoon at about 1:19. Deputies responded to the scene on Meadowhill Drive in Poplarville near Jaclyn Lane.

Investigation into the matter found that a four wheeler, driven by 15 year-old Hannah Scioneaux, collided head on with a mini bike driven by Coleman, Tucker said. A 15 year-old passenger, Dustin Hamada, was also on the four-wheeler.

Witness reports state that the children were seen playing chicken earlier that day.

Coleman reportedly was wearing a helmet, but it was not strapped on to his head and came off during the accident, Tucker said.

Scioneaux and Hamada were transported to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg by ambulance while Coleman was transported by the Rescue 7 helicopter to Forrest General.

Tucker said the coroner report states that Coleman died as a result of massive closed head trauma. Scioneaux reportedly was critically injured, he said.