A terrible accident in Natchez, Mississippi left a 91-year-old man dead late last month. Authorities say that the accident happened on a Saturday night on U.S. 84.
Mississippi Highway Patrol has revealed that John Buckles was driving west on U.S. 84, in the farthest right lane, when his car was struck from behind by Cameron Collier. The accident took place just after 7 p.m. near the Adams County Correctional Center.
Police say Collier’s 2004 Chevrolet truck hit Buckles’ 1991 Chevy pickup. The force of the collision was strong enough to knock Buckles’ truck off the road, causing the man’s vehicle to roll down the hill next to the road until it came to a stop, upside down.
When police arrived at the scene of the accident they called for a helicopter to airlift Buckles to a nearby hospital, noticing how serious the man’s injuries were. Tragically, emergency medical responders say Buckles died on his way to the hospital. Unbelievably, Collier was not injured in the wreck, though a passenger in his truck, Alexis Harris, had to be taken by ambulance to the Natchez Community Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
Police say Collier has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and will now face criminal prosecution. Investigators believe Collier’s drunkenness was the cause of the deadly accident.
Though losing a loved one is never easy, it’s especially difficult when it coms out of the blue. The fact that Buckles died such a preventable death, caused by another driver’s carelessness is truly heartbreaking. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over the past five years, 1,109 people were killed in Mississippi accidents where at least one driver had a BAC above 0.08 percent, the legal limit.
Drunk driving accidents represent an astounding 24 percent of the total traffic deaths seen in the state, a number far too high and far too preventable. As hard as it is to believe, this figure is actually a marked improvement over how things used to be. In 2010 and some other recent years, drunken-driving deaths have accounted for 35 percent to 40 percent of all traffic deaths in Mississippi, but that share reached its peak in 2009, hitting 52 percent.
Our lawyers know the emotional and physical damage caused by people who drink and drive. If you’ve been hurt in a drunk driving accident, you want a lawyer who understands your needs. If you have been injured and think you may have a personal injury claim, please contact the Mississippi personal injury lawyers at Kilpatrick & Philley at (601) 856-7800.
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