Two Students Killed in Car Accident

OXFORD, Miss. – Two University of Mississippi students were killed Saturday (Oct. 27) in an accident near the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and State Highway 7. The car carrying Sarah Katherine Wheat, a communication science and disorders major, and her brother John William Wheat, an accountancy major, was struck by another vehicle. Sarah Wheat was pronounced dead at the scene, and her brother was airlifted to Memphis where he also was pronounced dead. The Wheats are the children of William Wheat and Frances Wheat of Crofton, Md. “It’s always tragic when we lose students,” said Thomas “Sparky” Reardon, UM dean of students. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wheat family and friends. We are here to assist them and to do whatever we can during this time of grief.”