TUPELO – Mississippi Highway Patrol reported working four fatal car crashes during the Christmas enforcement period this year, one in Northeast Mississippi.
Highway Patrol Troopers in Troop F (Benton, Tippah, Alcorn, Tishomingo, Prentiss, Union, Pontotoc, Lee and Itawamba counties) reported working 11 collisions, which resulted in one fatality and six injuries.
None were alcohol-related.
The reported fatality involved an Iuka woman who was killed while crossing Highway 25 on foot Thursday night.
Debra Wilbanks, 51, of Iuka, was walking across the road around 6 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 196 when a vehicle struck and killed her, according to Tishomingo County Coroner Mack Wilemon. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“She lived on 196 and came down to 25 (in her car) and turned going to toward Iuka and for whatever reason she pulled off the highway into the shoulder and attempted to cross the highway on foot with a flashlight in her hand,” Wilemon said. “I don’t know if she was looking for something or lost something. Her car was sitting there idling with the lights and flashers when it happened.”
Wilemon said no foul play is suspected.
One DUI arrest was made and 22 seat belt violations were cited in Troop F.
In Troop G (Calhoun, Chickasaw, Monroe, Webster, Oktibbeha, Choctaw, Lowndes, Winston and Noxubee counties) 16 highway collisions caused one injury and no fatalities. Again, none were alcohol-related.
Troop G troopers made three DUI arrests and wrote 25 seat belt violation citations over the four-day enforcement period.
The enforcement period began Monday and ended Thursday.