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MHP reports on 4th of July holiday enforcement

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Published: Jul. 6, 2020 at 2:39 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) -  An Ocean Springs, Miss., man died Sunday in a one-vehicle crash in Lauderdale County. He was among at least four fatalities reported over the long July 4th holiday weekend in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol says the wreck happened on Highway 494 about 11:50 a.m. 51-year-old James M. Brand was ejected after his 2004 Toyota Sequoia left the road and collided with a tree stump.

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

At about 4 p.m. Friday, a traffic crash on Highway 25 in Tishomingo County involved Several vehicles. A\a 2015 Ford pickup driven by Danny R. Hester, 59, of Tuscumbia, Ala., and a 2015 Buick Verano driven by Hunter C. Musgrave, 20, of Dennis, Miss., were both traveling north. A 1998 Jeep SUV driven by Robert J. Foster, 50, of Tishomingo, was traveling south and entered into the northbound lane colliding with the Ford pickup. After impact, the Buick Verano collided with the rear of Ford pickup. Foster died at the scene.

MHP also responded to a wreck Saturday, at approximately 6 p.m. on Highway 8 in Calhoun County. A 2001 Ford Expedition driven by Christopher Q. Pittman, 23, of Greenville, Miss., left the road and overturned. Pittman and passenger Martin D. Foote, 25, of Woodland, Miss., received moderate injuries and were transported to a local hospital. A second passenger, Courtney D. Burchfield, 20, of Houston, Miss., died from the impact of the crash.

All crashes remain under investigation by MHP.

Throughout the enforcement period from midnight Friday to midnight Monday, MHP issued 4378 citations with 116 DUI arrests. A total of 137 crashes were investigated including 4 fatalities and 43 injuries on state, federal highways, and interstate systems. As the MHP “Drive Right Mississippi” safety initiative continues through the heavily traveled month of July, it urged 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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