Fisher Ferry wreck kills woman|[2/21/05]

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 21, 2005

A Vicksburg woman was fatally injured and two more people were hurt in a three-car wreck Sunday afternoon on Fisher Ferry Road.

Georgia M. Brown, 56, 1606 Martin Luther King Drive, died shortly after arriving at River Region Medical Center emergency room, Coroner John Thomason said.

Ms. Brown was a passenger in a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by her daughter, Sharon Allen, 33, who lived at the same address as her mother. Allen was airlifted to University of Mississippi Medical Center and was in undetermined condition this morning, hospital spokesman Thyrie Bland said.

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Joseph Alexander Halinski, 15, 4849 Fisher Ferry Road and the driver of a 1992 Land Rover, was listed in good condition this morning in the intensive care unit at River Region, a hospital spokesman said.

The driver of a third vehicle, George Mason Jr., 46, 2380 Freetown Road, was not injured.

Mason told investigators he was driving his 1994 Nissan Pathfinder south on Fisher Ferry Road when Halinski’s Land Rover, headed in the opposite direction, drifted into Mason’s lane while coming around a curve south of Shady Grove Circle. Witnesses in other vehicles said the same thing.

“He hit dead on the driver’s side. I could see his headlights,” Mason said.

Sheriff Martin Pace said Mason and Allen were in the southbound lane and the collisions happened in the southbound lane, about two miles south of the city limits. Other details of the wreck were under investigation, he said.

The Grand Cherokee was just behind Mason’s Pathfinder.

“When (Halinski) hit me, it spun him around and took out the (Grand) Cherokee,” Mason said.

The Land Rover was hit on its passenger side by the Grand Cherokee, judging by the damage on the Land Rover.

The Grand Cherokee was hit on its front side and ended up facing west on the shoulder.

The wreck was reported at 4:24 p.m. and traffic was rerouted through Shady Grove Circle for two hours, Pace said. An accident reconstruction is expected to be completed later today, and citations may be issued as a result, Pace said.

An autopsy will be performed on Ms. Brown’s body tonight, Thomason said. No funeral arrangements had been made, he added.

It was the county’s second fatal vehicle accident this year.