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Child dies after a one-vehicle crash in Harrison County

First-responders worked a one-vehicle crash that later claimed the life of a nine-year-old child. The crash occurred Sunday night on East Wortham Road.
First-responders worked a one-vehicle crash that later claimed the life of a nine-year-old child. The crash occurred Sunday night on East Wortham Road.

A medical helicopter flew a 9-year-old girl to a trauma center after a one-vehicle crash Sunday night, but the child has since died, Sheriff Troy Peterson said.

“Her aunt and uncle said she was restrained at the time of the crash,” Peterson said.

The girl, another child and her aunt and uncle were traveling eastbound on East Wortham Road about 6:30 p.m. when the driver struck a tree, Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan said.

Her uncle was driving.

The car was so mangled that firefighters had to extricate all of them from the car, Sullivan said.

Flight Care Rescue Five medical helicopter flew the girl to a trauma center in Mobile, Ala., where she died.

American Medical Response ambulance crews took the rest of the family to Garden Park Medical Center, Sullivan said.

The names of those involved in the accident are being withheld while it is being investigated, Peterson said.

No further details will be released until Wednesday, when accident reconstruction should be completed, the sheriff said.

Agencies responding to the crash included fire and rescue units from Saucier, the Air National Guard Fire Department from the Combat Readiness Training Center and Harrison County Fire Service.

Rose Luciano and Waveland Police Chief David Allen held a press conference on Friday, June 15, 2018, to ask the public's help in any information concerning the death of Shelby Luciano. Luciano was killed on June 18, 2015, in Waveland.

Robin Fitzgerald covers real-time news, such as crime, public safety and trending stories. In nearly 40 years as a journalist, her highest honors include investigative awards for covering the aftermath of the fatal beating of a Harrison County jail inmate in 2006 and related civil rights violations. She is a Troy University graduate.


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