By Jennifer Lenain, Item Staff Writer
The Picayune Item
A head-on collision that occurred Friday evening claimed the life of a Carriere man and hospitalized three others.
Around 7:42 p.m., Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Mississippi Highway 607, approximately half a mile south of Interstate 59, said Cpl. Jason Gazzo, public affairs officer.
Max W. Parish, 25, of Carriere, “was traveling north in the southbound lane” in a 2007 Honda Civic, Gazzo said.
Deontra D. Brown, 26, of Gulfport, was traveling in the southbound lane in a 2013 Chevrolet Impala when the collision occurred, and Gazzo said the vehicles came to a “final rest at impact.”
“Parish was pronounced dead on the scene,” Gazzo said.
Deontra Brown and two passengers, Shawonda N. Morgan, 35, and a six-year-old child, suffered moderate injuries, Gazzo said.
Deontra Brown was transported to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg by AAA, and Morgan was life-flighted to Forrest General, Gazzo said. The child was life-flighted to the University of South Alabama Children and Women’s Hospital, he said.
Gazzo said troopers believe the child was not secured in the back seat. As of Saturday, the child was known to be in stable condition.
According to reconstruction of the accident, the collision occurred quickly and there were no noticeable tire marks on the roadway to indicate that either driver applied brakes prior to the crash, Gazzo said.
Troopers do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, Gazzo said.
Services for Parish Monday at Christian Life Assembly of God in Picayune on Monday.