Sharkey County, MS – Three Killed in Fatal Crash on Hwy 61

Sharkey County, MS (July 21, 2023) – Three people were killed in a fatal traffic collision that happened in Sharkey County. Police with the Mississippi Highway Patrol stated the collision took place just before 10:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. 

Emergency responders went to the scene on Highway 61 shortly after the collision took place. It happened between a 2020 Ford Escape driven by Bertha Blackledge, 44, of Vicksburg, and a 2010 Pontiac G6 operated by 49-year-old Kenan Baker, of Greenville. Blackledge was headed north on the highway when she was involved in the crash with Baker. 

Both Baker and Blackledge as well as one other person, identified as Shankia Williams, 39, of Glen Allan, lost their lives at the crash site. Police in Sharkey County are still working to determine how the collision took place. 

We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.

Nothing further has currently been reported.

Mississippi Car Accidents

Suffering serious injuries in a traffic collision can be a trying and overwhelming experience for any and everyone. Sustaining severe injuries that require hospitalization can cost you a lot of time, money and energy. You may get stuck paying outstanding medical bills that stem from your injuries while you undergo exhausting and invasive medical care. This can cost you a lot of time at work and maybe even your job, as well as valuable time spent with your friends and family. Overall, sustaining severe injuries in an accident can be a difficult time for anyone to go through. 

The only thing worse than being hurt in an accident is losing someone you love. Sadly, fatal injuries result from severe auto collisions all the time. On average, over 41% of the car crashes reported in the United States end in injuries and fatalities. The majority of car crashes in the United States are caused by drivers who choose to act negligently while behind the wheel. Driver negligence can be displayed in numerous ways, including speeding, fatigue, intoxication, and distraction. 

When you have lost someone you love in an accident caused by driver negligence, you should reach out to a wrongful death attorney in Starkey County who can help you file a wrongful death claim for financial compensation. A lawyer will know the correct steps to take to help you get the financial compensation you need and deserve during this trying time. 

Call Mama Justice at (888) 484-1476 to learn more about your legal rights as an injured crash victim or the surviving family member of a deceased crash victim. 

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