Meridian Star

July 30, 2013

Probe into deadly crash continues

By Brian Livingston / blivingston@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Crash scene investigators with the Mississippi Highway Patrol are awaiting the results of an autopsy of a man who early Sunday morning was driving the wrong way on Interstate 20 causing a collision that killed him and a Newton woman.

    MHP Cpl. Andy West, who is the public affairs officer for Troop H headquartered in Meridian, said Monday afternoon the accident that occurred at about 12:40 a.m. four miles east of Forest claimed the lives of 49-year-old Sonya Bounds of Newton, and Kentra D. Lloyd, 29, of Lena.

    West said according to the preliminary crash report compiled by troopers at the scene Lloyd, driving a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 20 when he collided head on into Bound's 2012 Ford Expedition. Both Bounds and Lloyd were pronounced dead at the scene. West said the report stated neither of the drivers was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. There were no other people in either vehicle.

    West said several tests, including blood alcohol levels, were ordered on Lloyd. West said given the work load of the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Pearl it could be a couple of days or maybe a couple of weeks before those test results were sent back to crash scene investigators.

    West said the crash occurred near mile marker 92. He said MHP dispatchers received a call from a motorist informing authorities there was a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the interstate. West said at the time of the call the motorist informed dispatchers they had just passed mile marker 96. Roughly a minute later and less than four miles down the highway the two cars collided.