Jasper Co., MS (May 22, 2022) - On Friday, May 20th, a collision involving three vehicles resulted in the death of an 11-year-old girl in Jasper County.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol stated that two vehicles, a 2019 Kia Telluride driven by 39-year-old Leander Bridges, a resident of Laurel, and a 2008 GMC Sierra driven by 59-year-old Joe Mauldin, a resident of Stringer, were driving northbound on Mississippi 15 at about 4:45 p.m.
At that time, a third vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Lake Tahoe driven by 25-year-old Steve Coats, a resident of Laurel, was heading southbound on Mississippi 15.
An investigation by MHP determined that Coats’ Tahoe had crashed into Mauldin’s Sierra. The impact caused the Tahoe to collide with the Kia.
Mauldin was unharmed during the incident.
Three people were taken to an area hospital in unknown conditions including Coats and two passengers from the Kia, 46-year-old Tamiko Bridges, a resident of Ellisville, and 18-year-old Abraham McKenzie II, also from Ellisville.
A passenger in the Telluride, identified by the Jasper County Coroner as an 11-year-old girl from Ellisville, sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.
The condition of Bridges was not provided by MHP.
The crash remains under investigation.
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.
Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Mississippi
A wrongful death claim in Mississippi may only be brought by certain relatives of the deceased. These include:
- Surviving brothers and sisters
- Surviving children and parents
- Surviving husbands and wives
- A personal representative of the deceased’s estate
Most often, these claims are filed by the victim’s spouse. If the couple has any living children, any awarded compensation would be equitably split between the surviving spouse and child/children.
The claimants in a Mississippi wrongful death case could potentially be awarded recovery for two kinds of damages: economic and non-economic.
- Economic damages: Economic damages are designed to compensate the family of the victim for calculable and quantifiable damages. These damages could include medical costs incurred by the deceased before their passing, burial and funeral costs or the cost of cremation, lost earnings and other income, and damage to personal property.
- Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages are intended to serve as compensation for other types of damages that are much more difficult to ascribe a value to, such as the pain and suffering of the deceased before they died, emotional torment, and loss of companionship.
The types of compensation you are awarded and what that total award amount will be will vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case. The best way to figure out the value of a wrongful death case is to ask an experienced attorney.
Contact a Mississippi wrongful death attorney at (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.