Patrol reports 3 holiday fatalities, 2 in region

Mississippi_Highway_PatrolBy JB Clark

Daily Journal

NEW ALBANY – The Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated three fatal car crashes in its jurisdiction over the Memorial Day weekend enforcement period, two of which were in Northeast Mississippi.

Early Sunday morning, just after midnight, Corbyn Maddox, 22, of Tupelo, was walking in the west-bound lane of Highway 78 in Lee County when he was struck by a vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sunday afternoon, around 2:40 p.m., Leroy Derrick, 93, of Ripley, was attempting to cross Highway 4 in Tippah County on a Honda Rancher ATV when he pulled into the path of an SUV and was struck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Friday morning, just after 8 a.m., Demitrus Swinney, 23, of Bentonia, was traveling south on Highway 433 when she pulled into the path of another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 49 and was hit. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Statewide Highway Patrol troopers issued 6,081 citations including 693 seat belt violations.

They made 132 DUI arrests and responded to 112 collisions.

The three traffic fatalities on the state’s highways matched the number during last year’s Memorial Day weekend.

Not included in the figures released Tuesday was a fatal ATV accident on Sunday night involving a Smithville teen, 16-year-old Clay Lee Thompson. That accident occurred on a county road in Monroe County.

jb.clark@journalinc.com

  • harryblah

    that would’ve happened if it hadn’t been a holiday.