Madison is still mourning the loss of a rising ninth grader from Germantown High School who was killed in a car crash late last month in Flora.

Erin Thomas, 15, was reportedly riding with her mother and two other passengers when the accident occurred at the intersection of Mississippi 22 and U.S. 49 when the vehicle her mother was driving collided with a pickup.

Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland identified Thomas after being called to the scene of the wreck on Saturday, June 29 around 3 p.m.

The other three passengers in the car carrying Thomas, including her mother and two siblings, were taken to University Medical Center in Jackson where they remained as late as Tuesday. Officials have not released information on the other injured passengers.

Flora Police Chief Arty Girod was not on duty at the time of the crash, but said Tuesday the his department was actively working on recreating the scene in order to determine the cause of the accident.
“We do not suspect foul play at this time,” he said. “But we’re not ruling anything out until we finish our investigation of the crash.”

Thomas would have been a freshman when she started school at Germantown High this fall.

The Germantown Middle School PTO shared a message in its Facebook group asking for prayers and well-wishes to the family and announcing an account established to help the family financially.

Anyone wishing to donate can visit CommFirst Federal Credit Union at the Medical Arts West building at Baptist Hospital and designate a donation for the Thomas Family Emergency Needs Fund (#310384).

Madison County Schools released a statement from Superintendent Charlotte Seals offering counseling resources to any student or faculty member in need of support.

“The Madison County Schools community mourns the sudden loss of rising ninth-grade student Erin Thomas,” Seals said. “Our thoughts are with all the many friends and family Erin’s life touched, and our prayers continue for those injured in the car wreck that took her life.

“The loss of a student is incredibly difficult. We at Madison County Schools are here to support the family and school community in any way that we can.”