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Officials ID people killed in 4 fatal wrecks over 12 hours on the Mississippi Coast

There were a total of four wrecks that involved fatalities on the roads in South Mississippi from late Friday night until Saturday morning, including one that appeared to be the result of flooding in Pearl River County.

The first incident took place in Jackson County at approximately 8:55 p.m. Friday when a male pedestrian was hit by a truck traveling north on U.S. 609 in St. Martin, Mississippi Highway Patrol said in a press release.

Timothy Joseph Moran, 54, of McHenry was pronounced dead at the scene, Highway Patrol’s Chase Elkins said on Sunday morning.

The driver of the truck was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.

At approximately 9:15 p.m. Friday in George County, the Highway Patrol began investigating a head-on collision near Moffett Road.

An SUV was traveling west on U.S. 98 when it collided with a car. The driver of the SUV was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead on the scene.

Betty Jean Chestnut, 88, of Mobile was was identified as the driver by Elkins on Sunday.

The driver of the car and a passenger were transported by ambulance with life-threatening injuries to University Hospital in Mobile.

All occupants of the car were wearing seat belts.

U.S. 90 in Biloxi was the scene of a third fatal wreck that involved three cars, according to Biloxi police Maj. Chris De Back.

One person died in the wreck, which took place at approximately 5 a.m. near the intersection of Veterans Ave. and U.S. 90.

Lashawnda Newell 28 of Biloxi was pronounced dead on the scene, Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer said Sunday. She was wearing a seat belt. Her passenger was transported to a hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Switzer said she was turning northbound onto Veterans from Frontage Road and a vehicle struck the driver’s side.

The fourth wreck took place in Pearl River County at 10:25 a.m. on Saturday as a car collided with an 18-wheeler that was stopped in the northbound lane due to standing water on Interstate 59, just south of U.S. 26. The car was traveling north when it hit the 18-wheeler, according to a Mississippi Highway Patrol press release.

The driver of the car was pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

Devyn James Killion, 25, of Poplarville was identified as the driver by Elkins on Sunday morning.

Interstate 59 was closed near the mile marker 32 in Pearl River County due to flooding. There are also reports of several roads and bridges washed out in the northern portion of the county.

All crashes are still under investigation and those involved in the wrecks have yet to be identified.

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