By WLOX Staff
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - The Labor Day weekend is getting off to a deadly start. Since Thursday night, there have been four fatalities on South Mississippi roadways.
The first happened Thursday evening around 5:15pm in Pearl River County. Sheriff David Allison said a man and a woman were driving on Richardson Ozona Road when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a culvert. Both people were ejected from the vehicle.
The driver was 34-year-old Timothy Pittman of Picayune. His passenger was 44-year-old Lisa Necaise of Pass Christian.
Coroner Derrick Turnage said both Pittman and Necaise were pronounced dead on the scene. He said speed appeared to be a factor in the accident.
A 22-year-old Moss Point man was killed Thursday night on Highway 613.
Highway Patrol Spokesman Johnny Poulos said Dustin Brown was walking along side the highway when he was struck by a passing vehicle, which did not stop.
Investigators believe the vehicle could be an older model GMC Sierra pick-up or GMC Yukon. They're hoping someone will come forward with information about who may be responsible.
Another accident on Hwy 613 happened Friday morning in George County. Poulos said Bob Bayne of Lucedale died in a two vehicle collision about a mile south of Cook's Corner Road. It happened a little after 8am. No one else was injured.
Poulos said Bayne tried to make a u-turn onto 613, but pulled out in front of a dump truck which struck the driver's side of his vehicle. No charges have been filed against the driver of the dump truck.
The official holiday traffic counting period begins Friday afternoon. Poulos said these accidents should serve as a reminder to drivers to be cautious and remember extra troopers will be on the roads this weekend.
Drivers may also be pulled over in roadblocks as troopers and other law enforcers continue the "Over the Limit - Under Arrest" campaign aimed at getting drunk and drugged drivers off the roads.