Thursday, October 13, 2011
Two killed in separate accidents
By SUE WATSON
Two accidents on Wednesday of last week in Marshall County took the lives of two people and seriously injured two others, according to coroner James Richard Anderson.
The first fatality occurred at Mile 14 marker just west of Byhalia on Highway 78 in the westbound lane. An 18-wheeler rear-ended a car, which then rear-ended a third car, he said.
Anderson said 911 received a call at 5:45 a.m. October 5, concerning the crash. He arrived on the scene at 7:25 a.m.
“It was a big mess,” he said.
The 18-wheeler was turned on its side and down the ditch bank on the right with the driver trapped inside.
The truck driver, Milton Allen Robertson, 48, of Olive Branch, was dead on the scene and his body was extricated with the jaws of life by Holly Springs firefighters, the coroner said.
Jamie Muse, driver of a Pontiac Sunfire struck by the truck, was transported to The Med in Memphis, Tenn., he said.
The female driver of the third car, a KIA, left the scene of the accident with relatives, Anderson said. There were no passengers in any of the three vehicles.
The accident happened in the right (outside) westbound lane, he said. The Pontiac came to rest on the right shoulder lane and the Kia came to rest partly in the left lane.
Muse was joined at The Med by his aunt, Dorothy Lesure, and she was with him at the hospital when she received a call that her husband had been injured in an afternoon accident in Potts Camp and was being airlifted to The Med. Potts Camp Mayor Ricky Lesure was pronounced dead after arriving at The Med, the coroner said.
Sheriff Kenny Dickerson said investigators learned the mayor had turned into the NAPA store parking lot when his tool box slid off the tailgate of his truck. Lesure got out of his truck to pick up his tools in the street when Steve Price saw him and stopped to help.
Jimmy Foreman, a passenger in Price’s pickup, got out of the truck in the eastbound lane of Highway 178 and was helping Mayor Lesure gather up his tools from the street. Price tried to wave down traffic from inside the pickup, Dickerson said.
John Garrison and Scooter Pipkin were traveling in the westbound lane and did not see the men in the street, Dickerson said. The van driven by Garrison struck Foreman and the mayor, critically injuring both.
Lesure was airlifted to The Med, where he died, and Foreman was airlifted to Tupelo, where he was in critical condition with pelvic injuries and internal bleeding and injury to his kidneys, according to Daphne Foster, deputy city clerk at Potts Camp. He was transferred from ICU to step-down by Friday, she said.
Anderson expressed how the day brought pain to so many people.
“I talked to Muse just three days prior and then Mr. Garrison is like a father to me,” he said.
“And Mayor Lesure and his wife are long-time acquaintances. It’s pretty difficult work for a coroner, especially when you know the people involved.”
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