Man facing DUI charge in the deaths of two pedestrians is identified

Gerald Pittman
Gerald Pittman

A man who was arrested on a DUI charge after an accident that left two pedestrians dead has been identified as Gerald Pittman, 61, of Long Beach.

A man and woman, identified as Melissa Blanco, 49, of Gulfport, and Robert Gales, 61, of Long Beach, died after they were struck by a vehicle driven by Pittman as they walked along 28th Street, Police Chief Billy Seal said.

It appears the pedestrians were walking on 28th Street just east of Simmons Drive when they both were hit, Seal said. The crash occurred about 6:41 p.m. Sunday in the area near Klondyke Road.

Both of them died at the scene, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Tuesday.

Pittman stopped at the scene and police arrested him on a DUI first offense charge.

The case is being investigated by the Long Beach Police Department, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison County Coroner’s office.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews