George County

Head-on collision in George County claims the life of a woman and her child

A 20-year-old Alabama woman and one of her sons died in a head-on collision Saturday night on U.S. 98 near Fort Smith Road, a state trooper said.

Abigal Lee Dehollander, 20, of Theodore, and her son Alex died at the scene of the crash after she drove in the wrong direction on the highway, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins said.

The vehicle she struck overturned and both vehicles caught fire, but people at the scene pulled out the drivers and passengers before they could get burned, he said.

Dehollander’s 2-year-old son and the other driver were injured, Elkins said.

Dehollander was westbound in the left eastbound lane about 8:55 p.m. Saturday when her 1998 Lexus ES300 struck the front of an eastbound 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe, he said.

The driver of the Tahoe was wearing a seatbelt, but it’s unclear if Dehollander and her children were restrained, Elkins said.

A medical transport helicopter flew Dehollander’s 2-year-old to the University of Alabama Medical Center.

The driver of the Tahoe appeared to have minor injuries, he said, and was taken to George County Hospital.

Elkins said the crash remains under investigation.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews