MHP: 3 fatal crashes statewide over Thanksgiving holiday

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, December 1, 2021

By the end of the Mississippi Highway Patrol’s Thanksgiving holiday travel enforcement period at midnight Nov. 28, the MHP dealt with three fatal crashes and five deaths in Lafayette, Smith and Grenada counties.

The travel enforcement period began 6 a.m. Nov. 24 and by the end of it, MHP issued 9,845 citations, made 158 arrests for impaired driving, and investigated 195 crashes resulting in 53 injuries with three fatal crashes and five deaths.

At about 6:37 p.m. Nov. 25, MHP responded to a fatal crash on U.S. 278 in Lafayette County. An eastbound 2013 Volkswagen driven by Halie K. Tanner, 23, of Thaxton collided with a 2013 Nissan Versa traveling west in the eastbound lane of U.S. 278. The Nissan Versa was driven by Jacquette M. Davis, 52, of West Point.

Halie K. Tanner, Jacquette M. Davis, and Komoto S. Davis, 48, of West Point, a passenger in the Nissan Versa, were all pronounced dead at the scene. This crash remains under investigation by MHP.

At approximately 2:09 a.m. Nov. 27, MHP responded to a one-vehicle crash on MS 481 near MS 35, where a 2004 Jeep Wrangler driven by Danny Traxler, 76, of Pulaski was traveling northbound on MS 481 when the vehicle ran off the roadway and collided with a tree. Traxler was pronounced dead on the scene and the crash remains under investigation by MHP.

Around 11:30 p.m. Nov. 28, the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash on I-55 in Grenada County near Grenada. A 2010 Nissan Maxima driven by Kadarrious Fox, 30, of Grenada was  traveling southbound on I-55 when it collided with the guardrail and overturned. Fox was pronounced dead on the scene. His passengers — Mario Long, 39, Cordarius Westmoreland, 31, and Marquis Hurd, 31, all of Grenada — were transported to the hospital with various injuries. This accident remains under investigation by MHP.

The totals for the 2021 Thanksgiving holiday season include 9,845 citations, 774 seatbelt and child restraint, 158 DUIs, 195 crashes, three fatal crashes, five fatalities and 162 motor assist calls.

Compared to the 2020 season, there were 5,470 citations 424 seatbelt and child restraint tickets, 115 DUIs, 246 crashes, four fatal crashes, six fatalities and 78 motor assists.

In the 2019 season, there were 6,475 citations, 332 seatbelt and child restraint tickets, 95 DUIs, 185 crashes, nine fatal crashes, 10 fatalities and 109 motorist assist calls.