Hancock County

Coroner identifies 79-year-old woman who died in Diamondhead crash

A woman died Tuesday night when the vehicle she was riding in exited the Interstate 10 off-ramp to Gex Drive, the entrance to the Diamondhead community.

Peggy Hector, 79, of Diamondhead, died in the crash as the vehicle rolled several times, Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said. There’s no evidence she was wearing a seat belt, Faulk said.

She was a backseat passenger in a 2018 Mercedes that struck a culvert about 8:15 p.m., Sheriff Ricky Adam said.

Three others in the Mercedes were hospitalized, Adams said.

Officials said Hector’s husband was also in the car.

The crash remains under investigation, but it appears the driver had a medical issue before losing control of the car, Adam said.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews