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.
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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.