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Coroner identifies pedestrian killed on US 49 in Gulfport

Gulfport first responders stand on U.S. 49, where a pedestrian was struck and killed by a Gulfport police car on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. A third pedestrian was killed since then in the Airport Road area. The latest crash occurred before sunrise Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.
Gulfport first responders stand on U.S. 49, where a pedestrian was struck and killed by a Gulfport police car on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. A third pedestrian was killed since then in the Airport Road area. The latest crash occurred before sunrise Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. amccoy@sunherald.com

A 53-year-old Saucier man has been identified as pedestrian killed by a vehicle early Thursday at U.S. 49 and Airport Road.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Lloyd Simoneaux was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police earlier Thursday said they responded to the crash at 5:23 a.m. and found a man suffering from his injuries.

The driver of the 2013 Chevrolet Impala that hit him “stopped immediately and called for police,” police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said.

The driver is cooperating with the investigation, he said.

Preliminary investigation shows the driver was northbound on 49 and the man was walking in the middle of the lanes while crossing the highway when the car hit him, Fulks said.

“The driver, to the best of my knowledge, had his headlights on,” Fulks said.

Northbound lanes of 49 past Airport were blocked for more than an hour.

Simoneaux is the third pedestrian killed in that area since January 2017. A fourth person also died in a crash at the intersection since then. All four crashes occurred at dark.

The Airport Road area is south of Interstate 10, Creosote Road and Middle Drive. Just north of the intersection is a busy restaurant, hotel and shopping area that includes a Walmart Supercenter and access to Gulfport Premium Outlets mall.

Airport leads to the Biloxi-Gulfport International Airport, other businesses and residential areas.

Lighting in the area became problematic in January 2017, when concerns were raised about city street lights being out in several sections of U.S. 49, including Airport.

Mississippi Power Co. maintains street lights in the area of US 49 and Airport Road. The power company in 2017 began replacing high-pressure sodium lights with LED lights said to be last longer and be more energy efficient, officials said.

The fatal crashes

Based on police, coroner and grand jury accounts:

  • March 21, 2018: Robert Edwards was northbound on 49 when he made a sharp turn in his pickup as he headed for the right turn lane to Airport. His pickup went airborne after hitting a curb and struck a culvert head-on. Edwards, 69, was a few miles from his Gulfport home.

  • Nov. 5, 2017: Kenneth L. Jones was struck while walking at 49 and Airport Road and died. Tyler Dwain Clemons, now 27, of Diamondhead, allegedly left the scene but later turned himself in. Clemons has been indicted on a charge of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in death. Jones, 64, was from Gulfport.

  • Jan. 19, 2017: Edgar Lambert Jr. was struck by a Gulfport police patrol car while crossing U.S. 49 near Middle Drive just north of Airport Road. Lambert, 54, was from Bossier City, La. Police said Sgt. Tony Alves was slightly grazed by a car as he performed CPR on Lambert. A Harrison County grand jury cleared police Alves of wrongdoing. Lambert, 54, was from Bossier City, La.

SunHerald.com will update this report.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

A Gulfport police cruiser struck and killed a pedestrian Thursday evening.



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