CATEGORY: CAC Car Accidents



By Monique Harrison

Daily Journal

TUPELO - A three-car accident on Coley Road early Saturday claimed five lives and left two more people in critical condition at North Mississippi Regional Medical Center.

Dead are: Marcus Dixon, 20, and Chris Hughes, 18, both of Tupelo; Calandra Ivy, 25, of Shannon; Yusef McKinley, 22, of Blue Springs; and, Lisa May, 17, of Hodges, Ala.

All were pronounced dead at the scene of the 1 a.m. accident.

Heather Martin, 17, of Hamilton, Ala., and William Smith, 24, of Tupelo were in critical condition late Saturday, a hospital spokesman said.

Lori Armstrong, 23, and Pamela Harris, 21, both of Tupelo, were also involved in the accident but did not require treatment. Anthony Cotton, 21, of McComb also required no treatment. Delmontez McGee, 24, was reportedly treated and released. McGee's address was not available.

The cause of the head-on collision was still unknown late Saturday, said Crime Prevention/Public Information Officer Russ Witt of the Tupelo Police Department.

"The accident is under investigation," Witt said. "All we know is that two cars were moving in opposite directions, and at some point one crossed over into the lane of oncoming traffic. We don't know how or why."

Dixon, Hughes, Ivy and McKinley were traveling in a 1989 Pontiac LeMans on Coley Road near the Furniture Market when their car collided with a 1981 Toyota Tercell. May and McGee were traveling in the Toyota.

Martin and Smith were traveling in a third car, the make and model of which were unknown. The third car apparently struck the first two after the initial collision occurred, Witt said. Investigators were uncertain who was driving each car. They also did not know in which cars Armstrong, Cotton or Harris were traveling.

Lee County Assistant Coroner Jerry Clark said none of the individuals who died in the wreck appeared to have been wearing seatbelts. He said he was uncertain if the three who walked away from the scene had been wearing seatbelts.

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