Sunday morning, multiple Harrison County Police and Fire Departments responded to a vehicle accident between 28th Street and Simmons Drive in Long Beach involving two pedestrians. Both pedestrians were struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound and driven by Gerald Pittman, 61, from Long Beach.
Upon arrival of the scene, both pedestrians were pronounced deceased. They were identified as 49-year old Melissa Blanco of Gulfport and 61-year old Robert Gates of Long Beach,
Pittman was charged with DUI 1st Offense and transported to a local hospital by AMR. This case remains under investigation by the Long Beach Police Department, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison County Coroner’s Office.
Any additional information on this incident is asked to call the Long Beach Police Department at (228)865-1981.