HED:Lee County wreck kills three

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AUTHOR: PERILL

HED:Lee County wreck kills three

Gary Perilloux

Daily Journal

A 40-year-old Nettleton man died late Friday night when his car collided with a Greyhound bus on Tupelo’s Veterans Boulevard.

The accident was one of three fatal weekend wrecks in Lee County: a 33-year-old Missouri woman died after an accident just north of Shannon and a 2-year-old Amory girl died in an accident between Nettleton and Plantersville.

Bobby S. Wright Jr., whose address was listed as Route 1, Box 264 in Nettleton, died when his northbound 1983 Ford veered into the second of two Greyhound buses headed for the Tupelo station, said Capt. Jackie Clayton of the Tupelo Police Department.

“One (bus) swerved and missed the car and the car hit the other bus,” said Clayton, who estimated the buses to be about 700 feet south of U.S. Highway 78.

Clayton was pronounced dead at the scene of the 11:38 p.m. accident as the result of multiple trauma injuries, Lee County Coroner Roy Barnett said.

Most of the 18 people on the bus – which had substantial damage – suffered cuts, bumps or bruises, with one passenger transported to North Mississippi Medical Center, Clayton said. None of the bus injuries were life-threatening and the Greyhound drivers were not at fault, he said.

Greyhound brought a third bus to the scene to transport passengers from the damaged bus to their destination.

Clayton said a Tupelo police officer traveling behind the buses witnessed the accident and saw Wright’s northbound car pass through an opening in the median into the buses’ southbound path. The possible involvement of alcohol in the accident is being investigated, he said.

Shannon wreck

On Saturday, a Missouri woman died after her southbound 1965 Volkswagen Beetle left state Highway 145 just north of Shannon.

Linda Marleen Lesinski, 33, of Overland, Mo., apparently lost control of the vehicle at about 11:24 p.m. Friday when it rolled off the highway between Brewer Road and Shannon. When the car struck a utility pole off the highway, Lesinski was ejected 35 to 40 feet, said Trooper Chris Hughes of the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s New Albany district.

She was taken by air ambulance to North Mississippi Medical Center, but Barnett pronounced her dead at the hospital Saturday at 5:35 a.m. as the result of multiple trauma.

Lesinski’s passenger, 42-year-old Louis G. Howard of Mooreville, managed to crawl from the car and flag help despite serious injuries, Hughes said.

A NMMC spokesman said Howard was in stable condition Saturday night with a fractured leg.

Alcohol was a factor in the accident, Hughes said.

2-year-old dies

Alcohol wasn’t a factor in a third Friday night wreck that killed 2-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Thorn, Hughes said.

William E. McAllister, 22, of 50070 Sunset Point Drive in Amory lost control of a 1991 Nissan Stanza that plunged more than 20 feet off state Highway 6 into a concrete culvert shortly after 8:30 p.m., Hughes said.

The vehicle was headed north toward Plantersville when the accident occurred a half-mile south of County Road 1023.

A NMMC spokesman said McAllister was in stable condition Saturday night with multiple injuries. Both he and Thornton, of 60121 Myatt Road in Amory, had to be extricated from the car by rescue personnel using the Jaws of Life.

Thorn was taken by air ambulance to NMMC, then to Le Bonheur Medical Center in Memphis, said Hughes, who received word shortly after noon Saturday that the girl had died.

Thorn had been sitting in a booster seat in the back seat when the accident occurred, though the seat wasn’t an ideal child-restraint device, Hughes said.

The car came to a stop against the culvert in an upside-down position, he said.

“(McAllister) was wearing a seat belt, which saved his life,” Hughes said.