Three killed on state roads over Christmas holiday

Published 9:03 am Thursday, December 26, 2019

In a release Thursday from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the agency reported it had completed its 2019 Christmas holiday travel period. In that period, Troopers issued 2,544 citations with 39 DUI arrests, along with working 116 accidents that resulted in 27 injuries and three deaths; one of those involving a Vicksburg man.

On Monday, the first day of the travel period, John A. Lumbley, a resident of Vicksburg, was killed when the Mitsubishi Endeavor he was driving crashed on Mississippi 27 in Hinds County.

According to Troopers, the vehicle left the roadway, overturned and collided with a tree.

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Lumbley was the only person in the vehicle at the time and was pronounced dead at the scene.

On Christmas, Troopers responded to a fatal accident on Mississippi 178 in Lee County, where 78-year-old Linda C. McMinn, of Mooreville, was killed when her vehicle left the road and collided with a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Also on Christmas, an accident in Copiah County left a Cyrstal Springs man dead.

At around 8:37 p.m., Troopers responded to a call on U.S. 51 where a Mercedes Benz vehicle driven by Erik G. Miller, 30, of Crystal Springs, left the roadway and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers report all of the accidents remain under investigation.