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Witnesses speak out about fatal accident on Highway 609

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The manager of Smokey's Tobacco and Beer, Tiffany Triplett, heard the accident in front of her store Friday night that claimed the lives of 43-year-old Jeffrey Doggett and 4-year-old Brandon Campo.

"I'm just, I'm heart broken," said Triplett. "It's a terrible thing, to lose your whole life in a blink of an eye is just awful."

"Both pedestrians were walking east to west across," said spokesman for Mississippi Highway Patrol. "They made it across the northbound lanes of Mississippi 609 and were attempting to cross the southbound lanes when they were struck."

Gazzo said the accident happened near the intersection of Old Fort Bayou Road and Highway 609.

According to Gazzo, accidents are common on heavily traveled roads like this one.

"We just ask people to slow down," said Gazzo. "Be careful and do what's right."

People at surrounding businesses are still frustrated.

"It's getting worse every week. Every week there's accidents on this road," said Honda Downs, manager of Family Dollar on Highway 609. "Every week, we witness it in the same spot."

She hopes the accident will change things for the future.

"I'm sure it's a great loss you know it really truly is," said Downs.

While the cause of the accident is unknown, a preliminary investigation showed speed and alcohol were not factors and the driver doesn't face charges.

Still, Triplett said, she feels the road is unsafe.

"If you can help it, don't cross the street," said Triplett.

Her heart goes out to the families who lost their loved ones, and she hopes no one else will ever have to experience that same trauma.

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