Pike County fatal crash 1 of 4 Independence Day fatal crashes – Daily Leader
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Pike County fatal crash 1 of 4 Independence Day fatal crashes – Daily Leader

Pike County Fatal Crash 1 of 4 Independence Day Fatal Crashes

Posted 9:00 am Tuesday, July 9, 2024

The fatal crash in Pike County on Saturday was one of four fatal crashes the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to during the 2024 Independence Day travel period.

From Thursday to Sunday, MHP issued a total of 6,474 tickets, made 149 arrests for DUI and issued 876 tickets to drivers for violating passenger safety rules. In 2023, 4,458 tickets were issued, 508 drivers were issued tickets for violating safety rules and 53 arrests were made for DUI.

During the 2024 period, troopers also investigated 141 crashes with 45 injuries and four fatal crashes with four deaths. The fatal crashes occurred in Pike, Pearl, Scott and Sunflower counties. In 2023, there were 76 crashes and four fatal crashes with four deaths.

On Saturday, July 6, at approximately 5:34 p.m., officers responded to a call regarding a single-vehicle crash on Highway 51 in Pike County.

A 2018 Jeep Wrangler driven by 40-year-old Dustin Denton of Tylertown was traveling north on the highway when it left the road, struck a tree and overturned. Denton suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, MHP responded at 11:39 p.m. to a call for a crash on Highway 13 in Pearl River County.

A 1994 Jeep Wrangler, driven by 19-year-old Troy Hughes of Lumberton, was traveling south on the highway when it collided with a 2023 Toyota Camry, driven by 23-year-old Jocelin Sanchez of Tylertown, traveling north. Sanchez sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Friday, July 5, at approximately 5:17 p.m., troopers responded to a crash on Interstate 20 in Scott County. A 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by Steve Epps, 51, of Jackson, was traveling east on the interstate when the vehicle left the roadway into the median and collided with a tree. Epps sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At approximately 7:37 p.m., officers responded to a call regarding a single-vehicle crash on Highway 3 in Sunflower County.

A 2002 Ford CVR — driven by 40-year-old Kenneth Willies of Memphis, Tennessee — was traveling north on U.S. Highway 3 when it left the road, struck a ditch and overturned. Willies suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

All four crashes remain under investigation by MHP.