No charges have been filed in a collision that killed a man and injured a woman who were standing in an emergency lane of U.S. 90 in Pearlington, a state trooper said.
Joby Bennett, 19, of Pearlington, died Saturday night and a 35-year-old woman he had stopped to help was injured, said Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins.
Bennett’s funeral is Wednesday, four days before his 20th birthday.
The circumstances show Bennett had stopped on U.S. 90 to give a ride to a woman he saw walking on the emergency lane, Elkins said.
“A stray dog had been following the woman and she asked about the dog,” Elkins said.
Bennett had gotten out of his pickup to help get the dog loaded in his truck when a second vehicle came up from behind, he said. Bennett and the woman were in the emergency lane.
“The woman driving the second vehicle realized there was a vehicle that had stopped and she swerved to avoid an accident and collided with them,” Elkins said. “The woman stopped and stayed on scene and was very cooperative.”
The accident was just inside Mississippi near the Cowan Bayou Bridge.
The injured woman suffered broken bones and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Elkins said.
The investigation continues, but it’s unlikely to result in charges, he said.
Bennett’s mother, Pam Bennett, told the Sun Herald her son was returning home sometime after 10:30 p.m. when the collision happened.
Celebration of life
A celebration of life will be at First Southern Baptist Church in Pearlington on Wednesday. The funeral will start at 10 a.m. with visitation at 9 a.m.
Bennett was a 2015 graduate of Hancock High School and would have celebrated his 20th birthday on Aug. 14.
Friends and family have described him as an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating, and he loved country music.
The names of the driver and the injured woman have not been released.