Man walking the beach dies after being hit by car in Gulfport, say police

Following a tragic Tuesday morning accident, the coast mourns the loss of a pillar in the community - Lee Brumfield.
Updated: Feb. 9, 2021 at 7:49 AM CST
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GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - A man walking his dog along the beach in Gulfport died Tuesday morning when a vehicle veered off Highway 90 and into the sand. The single-vehicle accident also left another person injured.

The victim of the crash was identified as 64-year-old William Lee Brumfield, a well-known coast businessman and developer.

Gulfport Police say the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Highway 90 when it went off the road and into the sand, striking Brumfield who was walking along the beach near Cowan Road. It happened at 6:13 a.m. Brumfield was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to authorities, they are not sure yet what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The driver was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.

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