No local fatal wrecks reported over holiday

Published 11:57 am Tuesday, December 27, 2016

There were a couple of serious wrecks in Oxford over the Christmas weekend; however none resulted in fatalities, according to the Oxford Police Department.

Since Friday, OPD investigated 12 wrecks and made two arrests for driving while under the influence, both of which were involved in vehicle wrecks.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department reported no fatal wrecks and no arrests for DUI over the weekend.

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The Mississippi Highway Patrol concluded its 2016 Christmas holiday enforcement period, which began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended Monday at midnight. MHP issued 4,661 citations with 73 DUI arrests and investigated 141 wrecks were investigated, which included 59 injuries and three fatalities on state, federal highways, and interstates.

In the Troop E area, which covers several counties including Lafayette County, troopers investigated 12 wrecks, with one resulting in a fatality.

On Saturday, at 4:51 a.m., MHP responded to a vehicle crash on US 78 in Desoto County involving a pedestrian. Jay A. Williams, 51, from Southaven was reported to be walking in the eastbound lane and was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troop E troopers made 138 arrests, including 14 for DUI, the most in the state.

MHP troopers in Lee County are investigating a wreck that left two people dead. At 1 a.m., troopers responded to MS 371 in Lee County. Upon arriving on scene, troopers found a single vehicle engulfed in flames that appeared to have left the roadway overturning several times. Two occupants were confirmed inside the vehicle. Names are being withheld pending notification.