Diamondhead man dies when vehicle runs into palm tree

A crash Monday evening in Diamondhead took the life of a 21-year-old Diamondhead man, officials said Tuesday.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Investigator Ricky Fayard said a single-vehicle crash involving an Infinity Q-45 was reported on Diamondhead Drive East at 11:15 p.m. Monday.

William Paulk, 21, was pronounced dead at the scene, Fayard said.

Fayard said preliminary investigation points to a high-rate of speed being a factor in the crash.

“He apparently went off the side of the road to the right and tried to overcorrect the vehicle, causing it to spin,” Fayard said.

The car then careened into the median and broad-sided a palm tree, Fayard said. The impact of the crash caused the vehicle to be practically cut in two, and wrapped the car around the tree.

The Diamondhead Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after, along with sheriff’s deputies.

Fayard said Paulk died on impact and was not wearing a seat belt.

Apparently, nobody else was in the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved in the crash, Fayard said.

Fayard said the crash is still under investigation and no other information was available by press time Tuesday.

BY: Dwayne Bremer

The Sea Coast Echo

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