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UPDATE: Two die in three-vehicle wreck


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Devin Golden



A West Point man was one of the victims involved in the fatal wreck Friday morning on Highway 50 that resulted in two fatalities. 


David Oliver Malone, 63, of West Point, and Keona Latrice Fields, 25, of Okolona, were pronounced dead at the scene Friday, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant. 


They were two of the parties involved in a three-vehicle wreck, which involved a black 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, a white 1997 GMC pickup truck and a maroon 1999 Ford Expedition. Malone was the driver of the pickup truck and Fields was the driver of the Grand Am, according to a press release from the Mississippi Highway Patrol. 


The crash occurred just after 8 a.m. in Lowndes County just east of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway bridge on the highway, a few yards east of the Clay County line. 


The release states Fields was traveling west and heading into Clay County, while Malone was heading east on the highway and entering Lowndes County. 


"Ms. Fields vehicle collided head-on with Mr. Malone's vehicle," the release states. "Ms. Fields vehicle (then) was struck by (the Expedition)." 


The driver of the Expedition was Latoya Hatchett, 25, of Prairie. According to the release, Hatchett was heading east behind the pick-up truck. The release also states Hatchett was not injured in the wreck. 


The crash is still under investigation. 


This is the second fatal vehicle crash to occur in less than two days in Lowndes County.  


A Wednesday-night wreck on Highway 45 North resulted in the death of Edward J. Dvorak, 56, of Caledonia. 


Dvorak was riding his motorcycle, heading north on the highway, when Columbus police said Leslie Brown of Columbus attempted to turn left off Crescent Drive and head south on the highway.




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Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 10/31/2011 6:55:00 AM:

Ok, who was in whose lane they shouldn't have been in? And how close was the third vehicle following that she got caught up in the mess?

All it takes is a second. One wrong second...and you're gone.
Act like you have some common sense out there.


Article Comment seadoo commented at 10/31/2011 8:57:00 AM:

Sorry roscoe, but accidents happen even with common sense. We're human.

God be with the families of the deceased.


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