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A three-vehicle crash that occurred just after 8 a.m. on Friday morning claimed two lives, including one West Point man.
David Malone, 63, who was driving a 1997 GMC truck, and Keona Fields, 25, who was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am, were both killed after a head-on collision that occurred just east of the river bridge.
According the officials with the Miss. Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just east of the Tenn-Tom Waterway bridge, yards away from the Clay County line of the Lowndes County side of the river.
Malone, an award-winning local artist, was traveling east, while Fields was westbound. The third vehicle, a maroon 1999 Ford Expedition, was driven by Latoya Hatchett, who was not injured in the accident. According to officials, Malone and Fields collided head-on, and both were pronounced dead at the scene by the Lowndes County Coroner.
The crash is still under investigation by the Miss. Highway Patrol.
Funeral services for Malone are Monday, at 2 p.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Father Karl Schaffenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Columbus Memorial Garden Cemetery.
Services for Fields have not yet been announced.