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Update: Victim in fatal three-vehicle crash on I-10 identified

Mississippi Highway Patrol. Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, West Harrison Fire, Pass Christian Fire, and the Harrison County Fire Service worked a three-car crash on Interstate 10 on Sunday night that left one dead and two in the hospital.
Mississippi Highway Patrol. Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, West Harrison Fire, Pass Christian Fire, and the Harrison County Fire Service worked a three-car crash on Interstate 10 on Sunday night that left one dead and two in the hospital.

Robert C. Ivey, 22, of Gulfport, has been identified as the man who died after he was struck on the side on Interstate 10 near Pass Christian on Sunday night.

Ivey was putting gas in a pickup truck when he was struck by a full-sized sport utility vehicle and died at the scene, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Monday.

Sunday’s 8:50 p.m. crash just east of the Menge Avenue exit occurred in eastbound lanes and also injured two drivers. Eastbound lanes were shut down about an hour in response to that crash and another that occurred shortly afterward.

Michael Joseph Kennedy, 27, of Biloxi was driving a 2001 GMC Yukon and lost control of the SUV, which struck a red car that was parked on the roadside with a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado that Ivey had been driving, said Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins.

The Yukon kept going and struck Ivey, then rolled over, landing in the median, he said.

Kennedy was taken to a hospital. After his discharge, state troopers arrested him on a charge of DUI causing death. He was jailed early Monday.

There initially was confusion over who was the driver of the red car. Elkins said several state troopers are working different aspects of the collisions and it was first believed that the driver of the red car also was injured.

Friends and family of Ivey told the Sun Herald he had borrowed the truck and its trailer to pick up a red car. When the truck ran out of gas, Ivey unloaded the car and used it to go to his boss’s house to get cash and a gas can and returned to the truck.

Elkins said the crash remains under investigation.

After the fatal crash, a three-vehicle crash occurred, also in eastbound lanes, just east of the DeLilse/Pass Christian exit.

“The second crash was a result of traffic backing up from the first one,” Elkins said.

No one was injured in the second crash, but it added to traffic congestion and the need for more emergency response.

MHP was assisted by American Medical Response, the West Harrison and Pass Christian Fire Departments, Harrison County Fire Service and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

SunHerald.com is working on an updated report.

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