September 6, 2022

MHP: Three People Died In Car Crashes Over Labor Day Weekend

Morgan Howard

The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) concluded the 2022 Labor Day Holiday Travel Period Monday at midnight. The enforcement period began on Friday September 2nd at 6:00 a.m. Three people died in car crashes over the weekend.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued a total of 10,026 citations, made 270 arrests for impaired driving and cited 1089 motorist for occupant restraint violations. MHP also investigated 143 crashes resulting in 46 injuries with 3 fatal crashes and 3 deaths.

The deadly crashes happened in George, Washington, and Lauderdale Counties.

George County:

On Saturday, September 3, at approximately 5 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a deadly crash on Highway 613 in George County.

A 2007 Chevrolet HHR driven by 69-year-old James Holifield of Lucedale, MS, traveled South on Highway 613 when it collided with a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse driven by 43-year-old Johnathan Dungan of Lucedale, MS, traveling North.

James Holifield died from his injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead.

This crash remains under investigation by MHP.

Washington County: 

On Sunday, September 4, at approximately 2:36 AM, the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash on Highway 82 in Washington County.

A 2012 Lexus ES driven by 44-year-old Marcus Flowers of Leland, MS, was traveling west on Highway 82 when it collided with a 2020 Dodge Charger driven by 36-year-old Joseph Hudson, of Greenville, MS, traveling east on Highway 82.

This crash remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Lauderdale County:

On Monday, September 5, at approximately 2:52 PM, the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash on Highway 80 in Lauderdale County.

A 2018 Ford Fusion driven by 33-year-old Cassie Warbington of Meridian, MS, traveled west on Highway 80 when it collided with a Massey Ferguson tractor driven by 74-year-old David Gaddis, of Meridian, MS, traveling west on Highway 80.

Mr. Gaddis died from his injuries received in the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.

This crash remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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