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Wreck Tuesday Claims Life Of Vallian

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY – A Water Valley man was killed last Tuesday, July 24, in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 315 North in Lafayette County.
    Edward Bryan Johnson, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene by Lafayette County Coroner Lonnie Weaver. Massive multiple traumas were the cause of death, according to Weaver.
    Weaver also said that Johnson, who was from Winona, had moved to 1608 Central Street in Water Valley recently.
    Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Leslie White reported that Johnson was traveling northbound on Hwy. 315 and left the road on the east side, striking a tree. Johnson was driving a 2007 Nissan Altima.
    White said a passenger, 20 year-old Steven B. McCartt, of 1635 County Road 215, sustained moderate injuries in the crash. McCartt was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
     Weaver reported that the accident was reported at 4:35 p.m. and that neither person in the car was wearing a seatbelt.
    A first responder at the scene, Ronnie Stark, said that Oxford and Water Valley rescue personnel were dispatched to the scene. Stark said that ambulances from both counties also responded.
    A second wreck an hour later on Highway 315 also injured two females, according to Stark, who was also a first responder at that accident.
    The two patients were transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital with non life-threatening injuries, according to Stark. This accident occurred just after 6 p.m. near Hardy’s Greenhouse.
    Oliver Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements for Johnson for the Friday funeral. The obituary lists Johnson as an employee of Nissan Motor Company in Canton. For complete obituary information, see Page 7.
    In a third accident, which occurred a week later, on Tuesday, July 31, a Winona woman was killed in a rollover accident according to Stark.
    Tammie Peeples, 38, was pronounced dead on the scene by Deputy Coroner Stark in this one-vehicle accident.
    Stark reported that the accident occurred a mile south of Tillatoba. Three others in the car were transported to Grenada Lake Medical Center. The driver of the vehicle was the Peeples’ brother.
    A Yalobusha County ambulance, the Tillatoba Fire Department, the Yalobusha County Sheriff’s and the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol responded to the scene.

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