By NEMS Daily Journal
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is still investigating a two-vehicle accident that claimed the life of a Ripley man.
Troopers were dispatched to the late Wednesday night accident on MS Highway 370 in Benton County approximately 1/4 mile from the Tippah County line. Upon arriving, it appeared Michael S. Love, 55, of Ripley, was traveling eastbound in a 2004 Ford F-150, when he apparently side-swiped a westbound, 1995 Plymouth Neon, driven by Kayla King, 24, of Ashland.
Trooper said after colliding with King’s vehicle, Love left the roadway and collided into a utility pole. He was ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene from injuries sustained during the wreck. He was not wearing a seat belt.
King was transported to North Mississippi Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
A passenger in King’s vehicle was air-lifted to the MED in Memphis with serious injuries.
Both King and the passenger in her vehicle were wearing a seat belt.
The 11:45pm accident remains under investigation.