Mississippi College

MC Student Killed in Accident on U.S. 80

September 14, 2007

Lina Song, a Mississippi College graduate student from China, died early today at a Jackson hospital from injuries sustained in an accident on U.S. 80 in Clinton Wednesday night.

A native of Shenyang, the capital city of the Liaoning province in northeast China, the 27-year-old student attended MC for the past year. An excellent student, Song was pursuing a graduate degree in health services administration.

MC plans a memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday at Provine Chapel. Counseling services will also be available to students trying to cope with the loss. Students are asked to call the MC counseling center at 925-3841 for assistance. It is located at the lower level of Lowrey Hall. The center closes at 4:30 p.m.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic, unexpected, loss of one of our own," President Lee Royce said. "Our sympathy, support and prayers go out to the family and friends, the Mississippi College community, and all affected by this heart-wrenching event."

Song "was a charming young lady," said Ron Howard, vice president of academic affairs. "She was very independent, very cheerful."

Jim Turcotte, vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, said that he and others are praying for the family of the victim.

MC is home to about 300 international students, including about 150 from China.

The Clinton Police Department is investigating the accident. Police Chief Don Byington said the woman was struck by a car about 9:24 p.m. as she walked on the white fog line of U.S. 80 in front of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. She was thrown about 80 feet from the point of contact with the car. She died after suffering massive head trauma, the chief told The Clinton News.

Song, who lived off the Clinton campus, received her undergraduate degree in medical psychology from another institution before coming to MC.

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