Delta residents tied to multiple fatal crashes over the weekend

The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to four crashes over the Fourth of July weekend that resulted in fatalities.

There were a total of 137 crashes responded to by MPH over the holiday enforcement period, with four fatalities and 43 injuries statewide.

On Friday, July 3, 2020 at approximately 12:46 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on US 82 in Leflore County. A Dodge Charger driven by Xavaier D. Brister, 25, of Itta Bena, MS was traveling eastbound on US 82. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree. Xavaier D. Brister was pronounced dead on scene.

On Friday, July 3, 2020 at approximately 3:58 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS25 in Tishomingo County. A 2015 Ford pickup driven by Danny R. Hester, 59, of Tuscumbia, AL was traveling northbound on MS25. A 2015 Buick Verano driven by Hunter C. Musgrave, 20, of Dennis, MS was traveling northbound on MS25 behind the Ford pickup. A 1998 Jeep SUV driven by Robert J. Foster, 50, of Tishomingo, MS was traveling southbound on MS25 and entered into the northbound lane colliding with the Ford pickup. After impact, the Buick Verano collided with the rear of Ford pickup. Robert J. Foster received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.

On Saturday, July 4, 2020 at approximately 5:56 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS8 in Calhoun County. A 2001 Ford Expedition driven by Christopher Q. Pittman, 23, of Greenville, MS was traveling eastbound on MS8. The vehicle left the roadway and overturned. Christopher Q. Pittman and passenger Martin D. Foote, 25, of Woodland, MS received moderate injuries and were transported to a local hospital. Passenger Courtney D. Burchfield, 20, of Houston, MS received fatal injuries from the crash and was pronounced dead on scene.

On Sunday, July 5, 2020 at approximately 11:50 a.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal traffic crash on MS494 in Lauderdale County. A 2004 Toyota Sequoia driven by James M. Brand, 51, of Ocean Springs, MS was traveling westbound on MS494. The vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree stump ejecting the driver. James M. Brand was pronounced dead on scene.

All crashes remain under investigation by MHP.

Also, MHP issued 4,378 citations, with 116 DUI arrests.

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