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Victims of Thursday’s head-on collision in Sharkey County identified



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The identities of those involved in a fatal head-on collision in Sharkey County on Thursday have been released.

[Editor’s note: This press release has been updated. MHP recently clarified Kenan Baker was misidentified as Kenan Walker.]

Press Release:

On Thursday, July 20, 2023, at approximately 10:39 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a fatal crash on Highway 61 in Sharkey County.

A 2020 Ford Escape driven by 44-year-old Bertha S. Blackledge of Vicksburg, MS, traveled north on Highway 61 when it collided with a 2010 Pontiac G6 driven by 49-year-old Kenan L. Baker of Greenville, MS, traveling south on Highway 61. Bertha Blackledge, Kenan Baker, and 39-year-old Shankia L. Williams, of Glen Allan, MS, a passenger in the Pontiac G6, received fatal injuries from the crash and were pronounced dead on the scene.

This crash remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

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