Five dead in Miss. holiday accidents

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Mississippi Highway Patrol reports four traffic deaths over the Christmas holidays, including a Tennessee man and a Louisiana woman.

Patrol spokesman Ray Hall says troopers investigated 146 wrecks and helped 80 stranded motorists from 6 p.m. Thursday until midnight Sunday.

Itawamba County reported a traffic fatality.

The fatalities:

– 53-year-old Miguel Suber of Niota, Tenn., Thursday in a one-car accident on Interstate 59 in Pearl River County near Carriere.

– 49-year-old Kimma Clark, of Brooklyn, Miss., Christmas Day in a one-vehicle accident on Mississippi Highway 29 near Wiggins in Stone County.

– 36-year-old Kiwandra Lewis, of Monroe, La., Sunday in a one-car accident on Interstate 55 in Copiah County.

– 16-year-old Laura Lacy, of Pearl, Sunday in a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 55 near Byram.

The Highway Patrol counts only those fatalities that occur on roads patrolled by state troopers.

In Itawamba County, 12-year-old Gage Earnest Presley, was killed Christmas Day in an accident on a county road in the Fairview community when a driver lost control of a vehicle and hit a tree. Five other people remained hospitalized Monday.