According to an Associated Press report, 51-year-old Debra Wilbanks was struck by a southbound vehicle while attempting to cross Mississippi Highway 25 on foot.
The accident happened around 6 p.m. about a mile south of Iuka where Wilbanks had parked her vehicle on the northbound shoulder of the highway when she got out of her vehicle for an unknown reason.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol reported four fatalities statewide during the Christmas holiday period, which ran from Monday evening to midnight Thursday.
“Troopers observed heavy traffic on travel days while light traffic was reported on Christmas Day,” said Lt. Johnny Poulos.
The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign continues through Thursday.
“Responsible decisions are required to ensure all of our families traveling on our roadways make it safely to their destinations,” he said.