- Associated Press - Sunday, February 9, 2014

SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) - An early-morning weekend accident on U.S. 49 near Saucier has left one woman dead and two others injured.

Mississippi Highway Patrol Lt. Johnny Poulos said Elaina Spradley Skinner, 23, of Gulfport, was going south early Saturday in the northbound lane of U.S. 49 when she hit a Ford Taurus. Poulos tells The Sun-Herald (https://bit.ly/1ckl4ot ) that Skinner continued south and collided with a Kia Rio at 1:37 a.m. Saturday.

Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer said Skinner died at the scene from head and chest trauma.

The driver of the Taurus did not report any injuries, but the driver of the Rio, Jennifer Staple, and passenger, Briana Medina, were taken to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. Both were reported in stable condition in the intensive care unit, Poulos said.

Everyone involved was wearing seatbelts, he said.

Switzer said Skinner was recently married. Her Facebook page says she worked at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in guest services and attended the University of Southern Mississippi.

“We’re deeply saddened by the loss,” Beau Rivage spokeswoman Mary Cracchiolo-Spain said. “She was such a beautiful person and truly a bright light. She was such an integral part of the team and will be sadly missed by all of those who knew her and worked with her.”

Cracchiolo-Spain said Skinner had been recently recognized as a nominee for employee of the month.

Switzer said investigators are awaiting toxicology results to determine if alcohol played a role in the accident, which remains under investigation.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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