Ecru man on horse dies in accident

By Press release and staff report

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a Sunday Morning fatal crash in Pontotoc County on MS 346 involving a pedestrian on a horse, according to Trooper Ray Hall.

Troopers responded to the crash scene in the Ecru community at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Upon arriving, it appeared Johnny Merritt, 63, of Ecru, was riding a horse along MS 346, when the horse apparently jumped in front of an east bound, 2007 Mack, Semi-Tractor/Trailer, operated by Donny C. Warren, Jr, 41, of Henning, Tenn.

Merrit was pronounced dead on the scene. Pontotoc County Medical Examiner Kim Bedford confirmed the death.