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Four killed in weekend wrecks on state highways

Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers investigated 132 wrecks over the Labor Day weekend that resulted in four deaths, including a 5-year-old child.

The Labor Day enforcement period began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight on Monday. MHP issued 4,925 citations with 109 DUI arrests.

Troopers investigated 132 motor vehicle crashes, which included 37 injuries and four fatalities on state, federal highways and interstates.

Although more citations were issued throughout the 2015 period versus 2014, MHP did see a reduction in DUI arrests and seatbelt violations.

“We credit this to good decisions made by the motoring public over the highly traveled weekend,” said MHP spokesman Johnny Poulus this morning in a written statement.

In Troop E, which covers Lafayette County, troopers made four DUI arrests and issued 136 citations. They investigated three wrecks with no injuries and they were not alcohol related.

There were no fatal wrecks in Troop E over the holiday weekend. The three wrecks resulting in four deaths in Mississippi were as follows:

— Saturday, 11:38 a.m. in Leake County: A 2014 GMC pickup, driven by Thomas H. Page, 46, from Carthage was traveling eastbound on MS 488. A 1988 Mercury passenger car driven by Rocky E. Tucker, 38, also from Carthage was traveling westbound. The GMC pickup crossed the centerline of MS 488 and collided head on with the Mercury. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

— Saturday, 9:49 a.m. in Pike County: A 2007 Hyundai passenger car driven by Nisheka M. Williams, 20, from Tylertown was traveling eastbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of roadway striking a concrete culvert.

After impact, the vehicle continued forward colliding with a tree. A passenger in the vehicle, Messiah Smith, 5, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash. Williams was airlifted to Forrest General with severe injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

— Sunday, 8:03 p.m. in Amite County. A 2014 Nissan passenger car driven by Tymia Tickles, 17, from McComb was traveling eastbound when the vehicle ran off the left side of roadway and collided with a tree. Tickles was transported to Field Memorial Hospital in Centerville where she died from injuries sustained in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.