Wreck kills Maben man, toddler

By Nicole Sheriff

Delta Democrat Times


GREENVILLE — Two people died Monday after sustaining injuries that morning in a two-vehicle wreck in Washington County.

David Kirkman, 53, of Maben, and a 2-year-old male were pronounced dead at the scene. Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop D Public Affairs Officer Tony Dunn said state troopers and deputies from the Washington County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to Mississippi 438 around 10:50 a.m.

Dunn said two vehicles were traveling west on the highway. Kirkman was driving a 1999 Freightliner. The second vehicle, a 1988 Ford F350, was driven by Greenville resident Leo Fields, 23.

“The Freightliner attempted to pass. As he did, the dump truck (F350) made a left turn into a private drive,” Dunn said. “The Freightliner collided the front of his truck with the passenger door area of the dump truck.”

When the two trucks collided, Dunn said, Fields’ 2-year-old son “was ejected from the truck and sustained fatal injuries.”

Leo Fields and his father, whose name is unknown, both sustained moderate injuries and were taken to Delta Regional Medical Center.

Dunn said Kirkman also sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck further.

Kirkman was the owner of Covered K Arena and of Kirkman Logging, a bull rider, rodeo clown, rodeo announcer and a member of Mathiston First Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Sheila, he is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, three sisters and a brother.

Visitation is from 3-5 p.m. today at the Covered K Arena with the funeral service following there at 5 p.m. conducted by the Rev. Wade Stevens.  Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Park in Starkville. Welch Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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