Beloved Georgia principal, wife and 3-year-old son killed in fiery car crash on I-16

BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. — A Georgia high school is mourning the loss of its beloved principal and his family.

Dublin High School principal Dr. Jaroy Stuckey, his wife Elisia and their 3-year-old son A.J. were killed in a fiery crash on Interstate I-16 over the weekend.

Dublin City Schools is offering support for DHS students and staff along with a memorial set up outside the high school. The district posted the following statement.

“We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help those in need. We appreciate everyone respecting the privacy of his family, and our family, as we deal with this unbelievable information. Please continue to pray for Dr. Stuckey, his family, and our DCS family.”

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Dublin High School student Joshua Isaac says that Dr. Jaroy Stuckey was a leader and went out of his way to help...

Posted by WGXA.tv on Monday, March 15, 2021

Channel 2′s ABC affiliate WGXA spoke with some of Stuckey’s students. Joshua Issac said that their principal did everything to help a student in need.

“He attended Dublin High, he played on a championship team, and he was just a legend. There’s no replacing him he is one of the top tier guys,” Isacc told WGXA. “It hurts me to my soul because we were just talking, this is tragic.”

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Investigators determined the Stuckeys were killed in a chain-reaction crash around 2:30 p.m. on I-16 westbound in Bulloch County.

There was a slow down in the right lane and a tractor-trailer driver Derrick Thomas, 43, did not slow down in time.

Thomas’ tractor-trailer crashed into the back of the Stuckey family’s car. All three family members were pronounced dead at the scene. Two other cars were involved in the crash.

At this time, the investigating trooper has not been able to determine the year, make, nor model of the vehicle driven by Jaroy Stuckey.

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