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College student dies in Stone County crash

STONE COUNTY -- Coroner Wayne Flurry has identified a 19-year-old college student from Lucedale as the victim of a fatal crash Friday on Mississippi 26 east of Wiggins.

Devin Bryce Clark, of Lucedale, apparently was heading home from classes at the Perkinston campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College when he lost control of his car, Flurry said.

The crash occurred about 2:27 p.m. in a rural area as Clark was eastbound in a 2003 Saturn about three miles east of Mississippi 15. Flurry released Clark's name Monday after notifying next of kin.

The fatal crash was among four reported on state highways in South Mississippi since Thursday.

In Clark's crash, his car left the roadway and Clark over-corrected, causing the car to leave the highway and collide with a tree, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

"He had an afternoon class that ended just before 2 p.m. and apparently was headed home for the weekend," Flurry said.

Flurry said Clark was wearing a seat belt and died at the scene of the crash.

Flurry said his death is Stone County's first fatal crash of the year and is "a grim reminder that even the simple task of driving home after school can be a dangerous thing."

The cause of the crash remains unclear. State troopers are investigating.

Troopers responded to two fatal crashes Thursday and two fatal crashes Friday.

About 4:15 a.m. Friday, Mark Wynbush, 38, of Mobile was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Jackson County on U.S. 90, about a mile east of Mississippi 611.

On Thursday, Tyjuan Fairley, 17, and his passenger, Darius Fairley, 27, both of Lucedale were ejected in a 3:32 a.m. crash in George County. Seibert said the teen was driving when their car left the highway on Mississippi 26 near Randys Road and collided with an embankment and a utility pole. Tyjuan Fairley died in the crash. Darius Fairley was taken by helicopter to a Mobile hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Later Thursday, Diane Fawcus Beith, 72, of Carriere, died in a head-on collision in Pearl River County about 3:21 p.m. Seibert said Beith's Toyota Camry left her lane on Mississippi 53 near Melton Smith Road and collided with a Kia Sedona driven by Jayson Lee Woodfill, 22, of Waveland. Woodfill had minor injuries, Seibert said.

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