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Crash Claims Life of Clay County Man

February 19, 2013

The Clay County Sheriff Department and the Clay County Coroner's Office is still investigating a Saturday night car crash that left one man dead and another person hospitalized with multiple injuries.
Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott said shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday night 35-year-old Michael Holmes, a resident of the Siloam community, was traveling north on Gates Road when Holmes lost control and crashed at the intersection of Gates Road and Siloam-Griffith Road. Scott said the vehicle Holmes was driving flipped over, and Holmes became trapped inside with injuries to himself and a passenger identified as Clemmie Guines.
Shortly after emergency and law enforcement officials arrived Guines was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. According to the Marketing Department of NMMC-Tupelo Guines was in good condition as of Monday afternoon.
Clay County Coroner Alvin Carter said it appeared Holmes was not wearing a safety belt when he slammed into an embankment at the intersection. Holmes was ejected from the vehicle and was later pronounced dead on scene.
There were two other passengers inside the vehicle, but the other two individuals were unharmed.
Scott said the Sheriff's Department and the Coroner's Office are still awaiting results of an autopsy and at this time it is unclear if alcohol was a contributing factor of the car accident. Officials won't know that until test results come back.
No other vehicle was involved.

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