Two dead in 2 wrecks

Published 5:00 am Thursday, April 18, 2002

Two accidents in the area Wednesday night resulted in the deathsof two men and injuries to several other people, authoritiessaid.

A two-vehicle collision on Highway 84 about one-mile east ofEast Lincoln Road killed Edward E. Leavitt, 42, of 1066 Highway 51,Bogue Chitto, said Lincoln County Coroner-Medical Examiner ClayMcMorris.

In a second accident around 7 p.m., William A. Smith, age andaddress unknown, died in a one-vehicle wreck on Rutland Road inJayess, according to spokesman for the Lawrence County Sheriff’sDepartment.

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Also in the first accident, the driver of the second vehicle,Amy Smith, 28, of 225 Foster Road, Sontag, was airlifted toUniversity Medical Center in Jackson, where she was listed instable and good condition Thursday morning, according to a UMCspokesperson.

Wanza McGuffie, a relative, said Smith underwent surgery toremove her spleen at 2 a.m., Thursday. Smith also suffered twobroken legs and a broken arm.

Her mother-in-law, Joanne Beeson Smith, 50, of 453 Fair RiverRoad, Sontag, was admitted to King’s Daughters Medical Center(KDMC) and was listed in stable condition, according to JoannaSproles, director of marketing and development.

Joanne Smith was a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle.Also in Amy Smith’s vehicle were two of her children: Jessica andCaitlin.

Jessica Smith, 5, was taken to KDMC, and was in stable conditionThursday morning, while her seven-year-old sister, Caitlin, was ingood condition at UMC, according to hospital spokespersons.

Two Brookhaven firefighters also had to seek medical attentionafter using the Jaws of Life to free the drivers of the twovehicles, said Assistant Fire Chief Moses Bell.

Carl Diamond and T.L. Lee were taken to KDMC where they werereleased after being treated for inhalation of chemicals in the airbags, said Bell.

Leavitt was driving a 1992 Nissan car west on Highway 84 whenhis vehicle collided with the vehicle carrying the Smiths, whichwas heading east on Highway 84, said McMorris.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP), which is heading up theinvestigation, was unable to release any information about theHighway 84 accident.

There were no passengers in Leavitt’s vehicle. Leavitt waspronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed, saidMcMorris.

MHP was assisted by the Brookhaven Fire Department and Heuck’sRetreat Volunteer Fire Department.