Vicksburg man killed in wreck on Thanksgiving|[11/24/06]

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 24, 2006

A Vicksburg man was killed early Thanksgiving morning when the pickup he was driving hit a concrete divider and overturned on East Clay Street.

Ryan Wesley Cook, 27, 203 Central Ave., was headed east on Clay in a 2000 Ford F250 about 1:20 a.m. when the truck left the road near South Frontage Road at Vicksburg Factory Outlets, said Lt. Bobby Stewart of the Vicksburg Police Department.

&#8220According to witnesses, the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed and hit the center divider between two ramps, causing the vehicle to flip several times,” Stewart said.

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Cook was ejected and died of head and chest injuries, Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said.

A passenger, Chris Sims, 22, 150 Hunter Drive, Tallulah, was treated for a broken right leg at River Region Medical Center and released.

The cause of the wreck remained under investigation this morning, and toxicology results were pending, Stewart said.

Cook was an employee of ABMB Engineering who had attended Central Hinds Academy.

Glenwood Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Thursday’s wreck was the 13th fatal accident in Warren County in 2006 and the sixth in Vicksburg. The most recent was Nov. 9, when an 18-wheeler driven by Mark Lewis Duke, 39, of Benton, slammed into a support pier on Interstate 20 at the Wisconsin Avenue overpass.

It was the second area fatal wreck of the week. Monday on Mississippi 27 in Hinds County near Utica, 31-year-old Richard Cryer was killed when the SUV he was driving veered into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler. Cryer’s address was unknown, but his body was released to a Louisiana funeral home.