Thursday, November 25, 2010
Three killed in accidents over weekend in county
By SUE WATSON
A Memphis, Tenn., woman was killed in a head-on collision with an 18-wheeler Friday morning, according to deputy coroner John Garrison.
He said Lora Sandridge, 64, was eastbound on Highway 78 in her Toyota Camry when a west-bound 18-wheeler crossed the median and collided with the Camry.
The accident occurred around 2:53 a.m., Nov. 19, according to Tracy Jeffries with the Holly Springs Fire Department.
Traffic was held up for a while, Jeffries said, while the 18-wheeler was lifted off the Camry and the deceased was extricated from her car. Garrison arrived around 4 a.m. to pronounce Sandridge dead on the scene, he said.
“Traffic was not held up too long after they got the car out,” Jeffries said.
The wreckers returned to work clearing the 18-wheeler off the road after the body was recovered.
Garrison said he was told the driver of the truck was transported to The Med in Memphis.
In a second fatality the same day, Garrison said a Birmingham, Ala., man was killed after losing control of his motorcycle on Highway 78 at the 16-mile marker. The accident occurred around 7 p.m. between Victoria and Byhalia. Garrison said the victim was lying in the westbound lane when he arrived. He was identified as Philip Locascio, 47.
“Highway 78 was tough (to work) Friday,” Garrison said.
A third fatality occurred Saturday night, Nov. 20, on Highway 7 South in Holly Springs. It happened in the street in front of Merchants and Farmers Bank, the coroner said.
Garrison was called to the scene around 10:35 p.m. where a man had apparently stepped into the street in front of traffic and was hit by a Kia and then by a Dodge pickup.
The victim was identified as Leonard Lesure, 72, of Holly Springs.
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