The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run on Highway 61 in Desoto County that was one Mississippi’s of two fatal hit-and-run accidents over the busy July 4th holiday weekend.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol concluded its 2021 Fourth of July enforcement period which began at midnight Friday, July 2, and ended Monday, July 5, at midnight.
Throughout the period, MHP issued 6140 citations with 146 DUI arrests. A total of 151 crashes were investigated including 2 fatalities and 50 injuries on state, federal highways, and interstate systems.
Locally Troopers out of Troop G in Batesville made 71 stops for road hazards/violations and 31 non-hazard stops. One of those stops resulted in a DUI charge and two resulted in drug arrests. Two tickets were issued for seatbelt violations and one for no child restraint. Three collisions were reported.
Desoto County Hit and Run
On Sunday, July 4 at 11:33 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal hit and run crash on US61 in Desoto County involving a pedestrian.
The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown vehicle was traveling southbound on US61.
Donterio T. Brewer, 32, of Charleston, was walking northbound on US61 in the southbound lane. The unknown vehicle collided with Donterio T. Brewer who received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.
Lowndes County Hit and Run
On Monday, July 5 at 1:23 a.m., MHP responded to a fatal hit and run crash on MS373 in Lowndes County.
The preliminary investigation revealed Marquis R. Dixon, 31, of Columbus, was traveling southbound on MS373 while riding a 2013 Kymco scooter. An unknown vehicle traveling on MS373 collided with the Kymco scooter.
Marquis R. Dixon received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.
All crashes remain under investigation by MHP. Anyone with information about these fatal accidents is being asked to call 911 immediately to avoid being named as an accomplice in either of these accidents.