The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) concluded its 2021 Fourth of July enforcement period which began Friday, July 2nd, at 12:01 a.m. and ended Monday, July 5th, at midnight.
Throughout the period, MHP issued 6,140 citations with 146 DUI arrests. A total of 151 crashes were investigated including 2 fatalities and 50 injuries on state, federal highways, and interstate systems.
On Sunday, July 4th, the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal hit and run crash on US61 in Desoto County involving a pedestrian. The preliminary investigation revealed an unknown vehicle was traveling southbound on US61. 32-year-old Donterio T. Brewer of Charleston, MS, was walking northbound on US61 in the southbound lane. The unknown vehicle collided with Brewer who received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.
On Monday, July 5th, the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal hit and run crash on MS373 in Lowndes County. The preliminary investigation revealed 31-year-old Marquis R. Dixon of Columbus, MS, was traveling southbound on MS373 while riding a 2013 Kymco scooter. An unknown vehicle traveling on MS373 collided with the scooter. Dixon received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.
All crashes remain under investigation by MHP.