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Mississippi Highway Patrol handles one fatal collision over holiday weekend

Over Memorial Day Weekend, Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop K, which covers Pearl River County, Stone County, George County, Jackson County, Harrison County and Hancock County, worked 35 collisions, according to information released by MHP.

The release states that there 13 people reported injuries associated with those collisions. One collision was alcohol related. One collision in Jackson County was fatal. It was the only fatal collision Mississippi Highway Patrol investigated over the holiday weekend throughout the state.

As a result of that collision, 24-year-old Kayla Danielle Pittman, of Ocean Springs, Miss. was pronounced dead on the scene. The collision occurred Monday at 9:45 p.m. at U.S. 90 East and Mississippi 57 North. Pittman was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. Pittman was the passenger of a 1997 Toyota Camry driven by Robert Chase Pittman.

The Toyota was turning left onto Mississippi 57 North when a 2013 Ford Escape, driven by Alexis Kalynn McWilliams crashed into the front passenger side. McWilliams suffered minor injuries, while Robert Pittman was transported to Ocean Springs Hospital with serious injuries. The collision is still being investigated, the release states

Within Troop K, troopers arrested 17 people for DUI, performed eight drug arrests and made three felony arrests. There were 46 citations for seat belts and 10 for improper child restraints, the release states. Troopers with in Troop K assisted 12 motorists. State wide, troopers investigated 148 collisions over the holiday weekend, six of those were alcohol related, the release states.