Multiple accidents highlight weekend
by Rory Doyle and Chance Wright
Oct 23, 2012 | 9739 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sandra Nance protests outside the Bolivar County Courthouse today regarding the ongoing investigation of the death of Shelby D. Harmon, 20, a 2010 graduate of Cleveland High School.
Sandra Nance protests outside the Bolivar County Courthouse today regarding the ongoing investigation of the death of Shelby D. Harmon, 20, a 2010 graduate of Cleveland High School.
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Bolivar County has been plagued by a number of automobile accidents over the past weeks that have kept county and state officials and emergency personnel on the run.

On Friday afternoon, multiple vehicles were involved in an accident on School Street in Duncan while picking up children from school.

Sheriff deputies Dave Dorsey and James Carmicle responded and immediately dispatched EMS, Chief Deputy Michael Lamb and Battalion Two of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department to the scene.

Since those injured in the accident were juveniles, no further information has been released at this time.

The second weekend accident, which occurred on U.S. Highway 61 N. near the Washington-Bolivar County line, resulted in a fatality.

Bolivar County Assistant Coroner Murry Roark pronounced Shelby D. Harmon, 20, of Cleveland dead on the scene.

Deputies were dispatched and immediately contacted the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

In the meantime, the department received numerous calls about the incident.

MHP Sgt. Mike Mullins said that when he arrived on the scene it became apparent that several different vehicles struck Harmon, including that of her boyfriend Rodney Shelton Fulgham.

"At this time it is difficult to tell which impact killed her," Mullins said on Saturday.

Fulgham, 23, with addresses in Cleveland and Shaw, also called the 911-dispatcher to report the incident although he had traveled a significant distance after impact.

Fulgham was taken into custody for questioning and suspicion of a parole violation on Saturday.

Despite a group of protestors on the Bolivar County Courthouse lawn in Cleveland, as of this morning, no charges have been filed in connection with the accident and Fulgham has been released from custody.

"The Mississippi Highway Patrol has a very indepth investigative process," said Bolivar County Sheriff Kelvin Williams. "It is my understanding that Fulgham was taken into custody for questioning and after meeting his parole responsibilities, was released from custody pending the outcome of the MHP's investigation."

Attempts to contact Sgt. Ben Williams, spokesperson for the Mississippi Highway Patrol, in an attempt to get an update on the investigation were unsuccessful this morning.

At approximately 10:48 p.m. on Saturday, the 911 dispatcher for the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department received a call about another pedestrian being hit by vehicle at around 304 Adams St. in Benoit.

When deputies and the Mississippi Highway Patrol arrived on the scene EMS was dispatched. When EMS arrived, the victim refused medical attention. An official report has yet to be filed and identities are unknown at this time.

Fortunately no major injuries were reported in a fourth accident that occurred around 8 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 61 in Boyle.

Boyle resident Emerald Walker, 26, was heading northbound when her red 2000 Ford Expedition collided with the front passenger-side tire of an 18-wheeler, also on the northbound side.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Ronnie Shive said multiple witnesses saw Walker speed up in the eastern-most lane as the driver of the 18-wheeler was making a wide right turn from the center lane.

Shive said the truck was properly signaling for its turn when Walker approached from the right to pass. There were other passengers in Walker's vehicle, including an infant, but no one was seriously hurt.

"The infant was properly restrained in the back seat and all the air bags deployed, which prevented injuries," said Shive.

Another accident occurred in Boyle at approximately 3:37 p.m. Monday afternoon at the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Peavine Road.

Deputy Steve Rose from the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department met officials from the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Pafford EMS and Battalion One of the Bolivar County Volunteer Fire Department on the scene. Injuries were involved and patients were transported to Bolivar Medical Center.

As with the other accidents, attempts to get initial reports including identities from Sgt. Williams of the Mississippi Highway Patrol went unanswered.