A driver who lost control of his car and struck five pedestrians and two vehicles Saturday night was attempting a “burnout” at the time, Gulfport police said.
The crash occurred at U.S. 90 and Tegarden Road around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, officials said.
According to Gulfport Police Sgt. Damon McDaniel, Warren Hammett, 61, of Leland, was driving his 2010 Cadillac CTS-V east on U.S. 90 when he attempted a “burnout” — a maneuver where a car stays stationary while its wheels spin, causing the tires to heat up and smoke, before quickly starting forward.
Hammett lost control of the car, which traveled southeast from the roadway, and struck a parked motorcycle and a bench, resulting in flying debris, McDaniel said. It also struck a Toyota Tundra and hit the leg of a man sitting in the bed of the truck.
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Hammett and the bystanders injured were all in the area for Cruisin’ The Coast, said Gulfport Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Henderson. Hammett was apparently in the area for Cruisin’ and had just left an event. The bystanders were there observing the cars.
The man who was struck in the leg was taken to an area hospital for treatment. Other people sitting in the bed of the truck also suffered injuries that weren’t life threatening.
Hammett received a traffic citation for reckless driving. The investigation is ongoing.