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Louisiana man dies in Hwy. 84 accident

A Louisiana man died and his wife sustained severe injuriesSunday afternoon in a three-vehicle accident at Laird’sCrossing.

Lawrence Fruge, 79, of Jennings, La., a passenger in his wife’s1994 Oldsmobile, died of massive internal injuries about 2 p.m.Sunday at King’s Daughters Medical Center, according to LincolnCounty Deputy Coroner Clay McMorris.

Fruge’s wife, Delores, 67, the driver of the vehicle, wasadmitted to KDMC and was listed in stable condition Monday morning,according to KDMC spokesperson Joanna Sproles.

The Fruges, along with family members Angela Daigle, 33, and hertwo-year-old daughter, Summer, all of Jennings, La., wrecked whileon their way back from the Loyd Star area, according toMcMorris.

“They had been visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Dusty andJennifer Peets, and were returning home,” McMorris said.

Authorities said the Fruges’ vehicle was headed south on JacksonLiberty Drive and attempted to cross Highway 84 around 12:37 p.m.Sunday.

“According to witness statements, she stopped at the stop signon Jackson Liberty, then crossed the highway and failed to yieldright of way,” Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Phillipsstated.

The vehicle was struck on the passenger side by a 2002 FordExpedition, occupied by Danny Williams, 49, the driver, and hiswife, Marie, 42, both of Madison.

Both vehicles then hit a third vehicle, occupied by ThomasRussell, 54, and his wife, Patricia, 54, of Brookhaven, which wasstopped on Jackson Liberty Drive in the northbound lane.

Neither the Williamses nor the Russells were hurt. The Jaws ofLife were used to free the Angela Daigle from the vehicle. Shereceived minor injuries and was treated at KDMC and released.

Funeral arrangements for Lawrence Fruge were incomplete Mondaymorning.

In a separate accident, Alfred Smith, 79, of 651 Halbert HeightsRoad, has died of injuries he sustained in an Oct. 11 accident.

Smith died at 6:38 p.m. Saturday at University Medical Center inJackson, said McMorris. Smith was hurt when his truck was struck byan 18-wheeler on Highway 84.

Harrigill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.