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3 pedestrians killed in South Mississippi over weekend


Three pedestrians died after they were struck by vehicles in separate incidents over the weekend in South Mississippi.

A 22-year-old woman died in an apparent hit-and-run crash Saturday night in D'Iberville and a 73-year-old Vancleave man died in a crash after he was ejected from his vehicle, authorities said. Also, a 21-year-old Vancleave man hit Friday night died Saturday at the hospital.

Megan Lee DeKleinhans, 22, of Gulfport was struck by a 2006 Mazda RX8 that was later found by police, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said.

First-responders in D'Iberville were called about 9:26 p.m. to Lamey Street and Pelican Bayou Drive, near the Biloxi line, he said.

DeKleinhans was taken to Merit Health Hospital emergency room, where she died of blunt-force trauma to the head about 10:11 p.m., Hargrove said.

D'Iberville Police Capt. Marty Griffin said Biloxi police found the Mazda a short time later at Pass Road and Eisenhower Drive and the suspected driver was taken into custody.

Police arrested Markey Johnny Tanner, 24, of Moss Point, early Sunday on a charge of hit and run causing death.

He was held at the Harrison County jail on a $500,000 bond set by Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain.

Also Saturday night, Melvin Ray Simmons of Vancleave died in a one-vehicle crash on Old River Road near Carter Homestead Road, Jackson County Deputy Coroner Jason Moody said.

Simmons was pronounced dead at the scene about 6:40 p.m.

"He was half a mile from his house," Moody said.

"He was southbound on Old River Road when he apparently veered off the road and lost control of his vehicle," he said.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the crash.

A 21-year-old Vancleave man who was hit by a car Friday night was taken off life support at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tyler Levins died at University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Benjamin Seibert said.

Seibert said Levins was hit about 11:20 p.m. while crossing Mississippi 57 near Quave Road just north of the Coca-Cola plant. The vehicle that hit him was southbound on 57. Authorities are searching for the driver.

"We are continuing to follow down leads," he said.

Jackson County deputies were the first to arrive, and Highway Patrol took over the investigation.

First responders stopped traffic for 30 minutes. An ambulance took Levins to Singing River Hospital in Ocean Springs. Seibert said he was then taken by helicopter to University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile.