Harrison County

A father headed to see his dying son at a Gulfport hospital dies in one of 4 fatal wrecks

James Danley Jr. , 67, of Saucier died Saturday morning driving to his son’s hospital bedside, Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer said.

“He was actually going down there to Garden Park to be with his son and make that tough decision, and on the way down there, he wrecked,” Switzer said. “His son did end up dying just hours later.”

Danley’s truck was headed southbound on Mississippi 53 when he left the road, overcorrected, crossed both lanes and rolled into trees at about 7:30 a.m. north of Herman Ladner Road.

He was not wearing a seat belt, and he was the only person in the vehicle.

Danley’s death was one of four traffic fatalities in the county over the weekend/

A GMC Sierra hit a 53-year-old man walking south on the northbound shoulder of U.S. 49 in North Gulfport. Switzer pronounced the man dead at the scene after receiving the call at 1 a.m. Saturday. He will release the man’s identify once next of kin is notified.

Diogo Decastro-Pereir, 40, of Gulfport was heading south on Hudson-Krohn Road at Schonowitz Road when he lost control of his Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle, left the road and hit a culvert.

Switzer pronounced him dead of head injuries at 8:02 a.m. Saturday.

Two vehicles collided head-on at the 23 mile marker on Interstate 10 in Harrison County at about 1:10 p.m. Sunday, said Calvin Robertson with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

He said it appeared a Toyota Camry headed eastbound crossed the media, where there are no cable barrier, and hit a vehicle driving westbound. More information will be released after the family is notified, he said.

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