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Deadly, Near-Deadly Wrecks in Mississippi Include Four Killed in Holmes County

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LEXINGTON, Miss.–On a rural stretch of Hwy. 17 near Lexington, in Holmes County, four people died early Sunday when a Dodge Charger ran off the road, jumped a creek and hit the bank on the other side. That was one of several wrecks that either killed people, or nearly did this weekend.

The Highway Patrol accident reconstruction crew was expected to work Monday to determine just what happened in Holmes County. Troopers said Sunday that when the Charger hit the bank it threw the people in the car out, killing four and sending the driver to the hospital. The car, split nearly in two, landed several yards further from where the victims were ejected.

A hunter heard calls for help about 9:30, but the wreck likely happened overnight.

Coroner Dexter Howard said Shamar Walden, 26; Tyrone Williams, 30; Jorel Johnson, 29, and Royce Mayze, 34, all of Lexington, died in the wreck.

Ledetric McGee, 31, who was the driver, was \taken to UMMC in Jackson, and was in surgery Sunday.

A wreck in Hinds County Sunday morning about 1:30 killed 26-year-old Randall Sims of Edwards.Deputies told media Sunday that Sims was speeding on a county road near the interstate, ran off that road trying to avoid an oncoming car, hit a tree and ended up on I-20.

He was found unconscious, burning inside the car.

A wreck Friday afternoon in Monroe County seriously hurt three people, including two Hatley baseball players, reported WCBI. Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said the wreck happened on Hwy. 6 about 1:30 p.m.

One of the victims was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo with a punctured lung. The other two were taken to a local hospital.

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