Local law enforcement reported a safe and quiet four-day weekend surrounding the Fourth of July holiday.

Sheriff Ben Caldwell said the roads and highways in Alcorn County only saw a few minor crashes during the Independence Day extended weekend. Corinth Police Department’s Dt. Dell Green also reported no major wrecks.

The same couldn’t be said for the rest of the Magnolia state.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Public Affairs/Internal Relations Director Major John Poulos said MHP worked a total of 151 crashes on state and federal highways and interstates from Friday at midnight through Monday at the same time. Of those wrecks, there were two fatalities and 50 injuries.

The first fatality happened Sunday in Desoto County.

It involved a hit and run where a pedestrian was killed. Donterio Brewer, 32, of Charleston, was walking northbound in the southbound lane on Highway 61 when he was struck by an unknown vehicle.

The second fatality was also a hit and run.

It occurred Monday in Lowndes County. Marquis R. Dixon, 31, of Columbus, was traveling southbound on MS 373 while riding a Kymco scooter. An unknown vehicle traveling on the road collided with the scooter and left the scene.

Both Brewer and Dixon received fatal injuries from the accidents and Poulos said investigations continue.

In the Northern Region of the state which includes Alcorn, Tishomingo and Prentiss counties, there were 10 collisions resulting in seven injuries according to data MHP released.

The total number of citations statewide during the holiday period was 6,140 including 146 DUI arrests.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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