Two accidents take three lives

Published 1:41 am Friday, October 9, 2009

Two accidents on the same day took the lives of three county residents.

The drivers of all three vehicles were reported to have not been wearing their seat belts at the time of the accidents.

Early Wednesday morning, before 5 a.m. 42 year-old Scott Brown was traveling on Rock Ranch Road when, for an unknown reason, he failed to negotiate the curve. Brown, of Burgetown Road, left the roadway and struck a telephone pole, said Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Donnie Saucier.

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Brown died at the scene as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage said Brown’s cause of death was due to massive bodily trauma.

The second accident took place that afternoon at about 4. Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Johnny Poulos said the accident occurred on Mississippi Highway 43 South about two and half miles from Interstate 59 near Flattop Road when two vehicles collided head on.

The vehicles involved were a Dodge Caravan and a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Poulos said the Caravan was south bound while the Monte Carlo was north bound. According to the accident investigation, the Monte Carlo, driven by David Landry, 48, of Picayune, crossed the center line into the path of the Caravan, driven by Cleo Shedd, 69, also of Picayune.

Both Landry and Shedd died at the scene. Turnage said both Shedd and Landry died as a result of massive bodily trauma.

There were no passengers involved in either of the accidents, law enforcement personnel said.

Turnage said toxicology tests will be run, as with any fatal accident, to determine if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the accidents. Coroner personnel report that none of the drivers of the three vehicles were wearing their seat belt at the time of the accident.