A head-on collision on Highway 78 in Itawamba County resulted in one death Friday afternoon.
Four other people were injured in the crash, and another person suffered minor injuries when she ran her vehicle off the road to avoid the wreck.
According to Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Ray Hall, Sybil P. Haber, 78, of Golden, was traveling west in the east-bound lanes of Highway 78. At approximately 4:50 p.m., her car collided with a car driven by Nanetta S. Shoemaker, 36, of Tupelo, at the 108 mile marker at Reeds Creek. Haber suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shoemaker was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center with minor injuries, and three children traveling in her vehicle suffered injuries – two were minor, and the third child was airlifted to LeBonheur Children’s hospital in Memphis with serious injuries where Hall said the child was in critical but stable condition Saturday morning. None of the children were wearing a seat belt.
A third vehicle ran off the road to avoid the wreck and overturned. The driver, a teenager, was wearing a seat belt and suffered minor injuries. She was transported to NMMC for treatment.
The crash shut down eastbound lanes of Highway 78 about a mile past Fulton for approximately one hour.
Shoemaker is the owner of the Smoothie King in Tupelo and the father of the three children is former Tupelo businessman Ray Shoemaker, who is currently in jail for his involvement in a kickback-bribery scheme surrounding Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
Both crashes remain under investigation.