Man accused of killing two pedestrians while driving drunk is identified

Man accused of killing two pedestrians while driving drunk is identified
Gerald Pittman, 61, is accused of hitting and killing two people who were walking on the side of the road. He was later charged with DUI.

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Authorities have identified the man accused of hitting two people with his vehicle Sunday night in Long Beach, killing them both.

Gerald Pittman, 61 of Long Beach, was charged with first-offense DUI shortly after police say he hit a man and woman as they walked down the side of the road.

Melissa Blanco, 49 of Gulfport, and Robert Gale, 61 of Long Beach, were killed by vehicle, say authorities. According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, the pair died from blunt force trauma caused by the crash.

The accident happened around 7 p.m. Sunday on 28th Street just east of Simmons Drive. Police tell us Gale lived on Simmons and was out for a walk with Blanco, who was a friend. That’s when the unthinkable happened and the pair was struck by the car.

On Tuesday, authorities said they are working with police investigators, the Harrison County coroner’s office, and the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department to develop more information about this case. Part of that investigation included a reconstruction of the accident scene on Monday.

Investigators reconstructed the scene of the fatal accident on Monday to learn more about the crash that claimed the lives of two people.
Investigators reconstructed the scene of the fatal accident on Monday to learn more about the crash that claimed the lives of two people. (Photo source: WLOX)

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