Mother, child die in Labor Day crash
Published 1:23 pm Tuesday, September 7, 2021
A Brookhaven woman and her 3-year-old child died from injuries sustained in a Labor Day crash in Lincoln County.
At approximately 7:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a traffic crash on Hwy. 84 near Lower Meadville Road.
A 2003 Nissan Altima, driven by Megan E. Burr, 28, of Brookhaven, was traveling westbound on Hwy. 84 and a 2010 Nissan Titan pickup driven by Bolton A. Billiot, 18, of Kentwood, Louisiana, was traveling eastbound.
The Altima left the roadway, crossed the median and traveled into the eastbound lanes of Hwy. 84, colliding with the pickup.
Burr and rear passenger Travis Burr, 3, received fatal injuries from the crash and were pronounced dead on the scene, according to Lincoln County Coroner Clay McMorris. Another child, approximately 1.5 years of age, was transported to University of Mississippi Medical Center with critical injuries.
Four additional fatalities were reported by MHP statewide as the result of other crashes across the holiday weekend.
On Saturday, Sept. 4, at approximately 5:47 p.m., MHP responded to a crash at the intersection of Hwy. 7 and County Road 333 in Grenada County.
A 2011 Toyota Sequoia driven by Abigail Branch, 37, of Holly Springs, was traveling northbound on Hwy. 7. A 2007 Nissan Altima driven by Ladarrius Campbell, 21, of Grenada, was traveling westbound on CR-333.
The Sequoia collided with the left side of the Altima. Campbell received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene. Janie Branch, age 3, of Holly Springs, was transported to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, where she later succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.
On Sunday, Sept. 5, at approximately 5:54 a.m., MHP responded to a traffic crash at the intersection of Hwy. 61 and Green River Road in Tunica County.
A 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by Nrsimha Broomfield, 30, of Memphis, Tennessee, was traveling southbound on Hwy. 61. A 2014 Nissan Versa driven by Chad Little, 64, of Southaven, was traveling eastbound on Green River Road and proceeded into the intersection of Hwy. 61 and Green River Road.
The Cobalt collided with the left side of the Versa. Little and rear passenger Brett Little received fatal injuries from the crash and were both pronounced dead on the scene.
Across the Friday to Monday Labor Day Travel Enforcement Period, MHP issued 6,635 citations, including 186 DUI arrests, 330 seatbelt citations and 113 child restraint citations. MHP also investigated 146 motor vehicle crashes with 54 injuries and six fatalities.
Troopers also assisted with heavy traffic issues throughout the enforcement period as a result of Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.
All crashes remain under investigation by MHP.