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LaPlace woman is 1 of 2 killed after car strikes tree off I-10

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. — A St. John the Baptist Parish woman was one of two people killed last week following a tragic one-vehicle wreck in Mississippi.

Chase Elkins, public affairs officer with Mississippi Highway Patrol, said 23-year-old Jinika R. Nisbitt of LaPlace died as a result of injuries suffered at approximately 2:55 a.m. March 1 on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Mississippi.

The crash took place about seven miles from the Louisiana/Mississippi border.

Highway Patrol officers who worked the crash scene said a Honda Civic driven by Nisbitt was traveling west on Interstate 10 when it lost control, veered off of the left side of the road and crashed into a tree.

Nisbitt, who was unrestrained, and a buckled passenger, 21-year-old Mia A. Mitchell, were pronounced dead on the scene from injuries sustained in the crash.

Authorities listed Mitchell as a resident of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands.