Four fatalities reported over July 4th weekend

By SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGISTER,

The Mississippi Highway Patrol has reported four fatalities over the July 4th Weekend.

Throughout the period, MHP issued 4378 citations with 116 DUI arrests. A total of 137 crashes were investigated including four fatalities and 43 injuries on state, federal highways, and interstate systems. 

Fatalities reported by the Mississippi Highway Patrol are:

On Friday, July 3, at 12:46 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on US 82 in Leflore County. A Dodge Charger driven by Xavaier D. Brister, 25, of Itta Bena, was traveling eastbound on US 82. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree. Xavaier D. Brister was pronounced dead on scene.

On Friday, July 3, at 3:58 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS25 in Tishomingo County. A 2015 Ford pickup driven by Danny R. Hester, 59, of Tuscumbia, Ala. was traveling northbound on MS25. A 2015 Buick Verano driven by Hunter C. Musgrave, 20, of Dennis, was traveling northbound on MS25 behind the Ford pickup. A 1998 Jeep SUV driven by Robert J. Foster, 50, of Tishomingo, was traveling southbound on MS25 and entered into the northbound lane colliding with the Ford pickup. After impact, the Buick Verano collided with the rear of Ford pickup. Robert J. Foster received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.

On Saturday, July 4, at 5:56 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS8 in Calhoun County. A 2001 Ford Expedition driven by Christopher Q. Pittman, 23, of Greenville, was traveling eastbound on MS8. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned. Christopher Q. Pittman and passenger Martin D. Foote, 25, of Woodland, received moderate injuries and were transported to a local hospital. Passenger Courtney D. Burchfield, 20, of Houston, received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.

On Sunday, July 5, at 11:50 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS494 in Lauderdale County. A 2004 Toyota Sequoia driven by James M. Brand, 51, of Ocean Springs, was traveling westbound on MS494. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree stump ejecting the driver. James M. Brand was pronounced dead on scene.

All crashes remain under investigation by MHP.

As the MHP “Drive Right Mississippi” safety initiative continues through the heavily traveled month of July, we urge motorists to be mindful of the Left Hand Lane Law, obey posted speed limits, avoid driver distractions and ensure everyone is properly restrained.

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