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Woman identified in fatal crash at U.S. 49/Mississippi 53

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GULFPORT -- Scotty Barfield, 65, of Gulfport, died at a hospital Sunday after her car was struck by a vehicle that ran a red light at U.S. 49 at Mississippi 53, officials said.

Barfield, driving a Ford Mustang, had left her son's house with her one-year-old grandchild when her vehicle was "broadsided," Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said.

She died of blunt-force trauma at Garden Park Medical Center at 12:50 p.m., about 35 minutes after the crash was reported.

Barfield was wearing a seat belt, Hargrove said.

The crash was reported about 12:15 p.m., said Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel.

Police determined a 19-year-old man, southbound in a Toyota 4Runner on U.S. 49, ran a red light and struck the westbound Mustang that was crossing the highway, McDaniel said.

Barfield's grandchild and a teenage passenger in the 4Runner were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that weren't life-threatening.

The 19-year-old driver was cited for running a red light.

The crash was cleared by about 2:27 p.m. It remains under investigation and no further charges have yet been filed.

The crash was the second fatal wreck at that intersection since Feb. 10, when a rear-end collision resulted in a six-car pile-up that killed three people and injured two.

A makeshift memorial for that crash could be seen Sunday.

Concepcion Matute, 52, was stopped at the traffic light Feb. 10 when his vehicle was struck from behind, officials have said. Matute and his 13-year-old daughter, Rosalina Matute, both of Gulfport, died in the crash. They were wearing their seat belts.

His 16-year-old daughter, Julisa Matute, of New Orleans, died of her injuries the next day.

A 6-year-old boy and an 80-year-old man also were injured.

There was another fatal crash at the intersection July 1, 2011, which appeared to be similar to Sunday's crash.

Sammie Turan, 87, was a passenger in a southbound car in which the driver tried to turn east onto North Swan Road. The car was struck by a northbound vehicle. Turan was wearing a seat belt, and died in the crash.

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