Harrison County

Driver dies on curved highway in Lizana where other crashes have happened, MHP says

Sun Herald file

A driver died Friday in a crash in the Lizana community after running off the road on Mississippi 53 at Lizana School Road, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

He was 85-year-old Prather Necaise of Saucier, said Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. An autopsy is pending, he said.

Initial investigation of the crash, reported at 8:37 a.m., shows a red Ford Explorer was southbound on the highway when it ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree, MHP Master Sgt. Benjamin Seibert said.

Officials say Necaise was wearing a seat belt.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash occurred on a section of state highway with a graduated curve that runs from Fazzio’s Home and Farm Center at Saucier-Lizana Road and south to Lizana School Road, where the highway straightens out, Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

A number of crashes have been reported in that area in recent years.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews