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2 fatalities reported by MHP during Memorial Day Travel Enforcement Period

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The Mississippi Highway Patrol has concluded its 2020 Memorial Day Travel Enforcement Period.

The enforcement period along with the Crash Awareness Reduction Effort (C.A.R.E.) safety initiative began Friday, May 22, at 12:01 a.m. and ended Monday, May 25 at midnight.

Throughout the period, MHP issued 6511 citations with 153 DUI arrests. A total of 157 crashes were investigated including 2 fatalities and 51 injuries on state, federal highways, and interstate systems.

On Friday, May 22, at 3:51 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash at the intersection of MS35 and I-55 exit ramp 174 in Carroll County. A 2005 Yamaha motorcycle operated by 60-year-old William D. Rodgers of Vaiden, MS was traveling eastbound on MS35. A 2017 Chevrolet Cruze driven by 17-year-old Lily Shepard of Bolivar, MO was traveling southbound on I-55 exit ramp 174 attempting to enter MS35 and failed to yield right of way. The Yamaha motorcycle collided with the passenger side of the Chevrolet Cruze.  William D. Rodgers received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Monday, May 25, at 10:28 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS16 in Kemper County. A 2011 Toyota Camry driven by 73-year-old Kary F. Williams of Scooba, MS was traveling westbound on MS16. The vehicle left the roadway, collided with a culvert, and overturned ejecting the driver. Kary F. Williams was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is still investigating both crashes.

All available troopers were utilized statewide during the period conducting saturation patrols and safety checkpoints.

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