By Cynthia M. Jeffries
OXFORD – Three separate fatal accidents have occurred in Lafayette County within the last week, two within a 24-hour period.
Two were one-car accidents. The third involved a pedestrian being hit as he walked along a state highway.
Investigations are continuing into all three by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and the county medical examiner’s office.
“This is unusual,” said Lafayette County Medical Examiner Lonnie Weaver. ” I’m used to one every now and then, but three in a week is unusual.”
The first accident occurred Saturday about 7:20 p.m. on state Highway 6, just east of Oxford.
Luther E. Eleaser III of Eads, Tenn., was traveling east in a newer model Honda Accord when he lost control of his vehicle as he was preparing to enter a curve. The car flipped over and the Ole Miss student was ejected.
Eleaser was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford where he remained in critical condition. He died there Tuesday night.
The second accident occurred Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. on state Highway 331, about 15 miles east of Oxford in the Tula community.
Aaron Trent Foster, 20, died at the scene. Weaver said Foster’s 1987 Chevrolet Celebrity struck a bridge.
The third accident occurred about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on state Highway 30, about four miles east of Oxford.
Dana W. McJunkin, 33, Route 1, Oxford, was walking in the middle of the roadway when he was struck by several cars, Weaver said. Weaver had no explanation for why the Oxford man was walking in the middle of the road.
McJunkin died at the scene.