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One man is dead and another has been cited in connection with a fatal accident Tuesday morning in DeSoto County.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol reported the accident took place around 11 a.m. on northbound I-55 just north of Slocum Road, south of Hernando.

According to the MHP, a vehicle driven by Devan E. Simpson of Mason, Tennessee, struck a man who was on the shoulder of the roadway attempting to load a disable vehicle on to a tow truck.

DeSoto County Coroner Josh Pounders later identified the victim as Tommy Ray McKee, age 40, of Courtland.

The Highway Patrol reported McKee was killed as a result of the accident and Simpson was issued a citation for failing to move over.

The investigation continues into the cause of the accident, according to the Highway Patrol.

Bob Bakken is Managing Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.

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