July 25, 2022

Hattiesburg, MS - Man Arrested After Five-Year-Old Dies in DUI Crash on US-98 Near Cross Creek Pky

Hattiesburg, MS (July 24, 2022) - A man was arrested after a drunk driving incident that left a five-year-old dead on Wednesday, July 20th in Hattiesburg.  

The crash took place at about 9:00 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of US-98 in the area of Cross Creek Parkway. 

According to sources, 30-year-old Marty Leach, a resident of Union, was behind the wheel of a 2002 Dodge Ram pick-up truck when he rear-ended a Kia Soul. The impact set off a chain reaction of collisions involving a total of five vehicles.  

Two adults and a five-year-old child from the Kia Soul were transported to a nearby hospital. The child passed away from their injuries a short while later.

Leach was charged with DUI-causing death. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Specific and General Damages for Wrongful Deaths in Mississippi

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In a Mississippi wrongful death claim, the deceased’s surviving family may be granted recovery for both specific and general damages.  

Specific damages are intended to compensate the family for quantifiable and calculable losses. These include medical costs accrued by the victim before their death, funeral costs, the cost of burial or cremation, lost income and other earnings, and property damage. 

General damages are meant to act as financial compensation for other forms of damages that are much harder to allocate a dollar amount to, like the pain and suffering the deceased endured before their death, emotional trauma, and loss of companionship.

The forms of recovery you are ultimately awarded and what the total amount will be will hinge mainly on the circumstances of the accident. The surest way to calculate the value of a wrongful death case is to speak with an experienced lawyer.

Contact a Mississippi wrongful death attorney from Germany Law Firm, PLLC by calling (601) 487-0555 to discuss your potential claim and see what we are able to do for you. 

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Disclaimer: At Germany Law Firm, PLLC, we provide the information found in these accident reports as a resource for families who have been in similar situations and to raise awareness about the dangers of driving. We would also like to honor the victims who have been injured or lost their life as a result of a Mississippi accident and hope that the information reported will help prevent future accidents. The photographs depicted in these posts are not representative of the actual accident scene. 

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