Harrison County

Autopsy shows Biloxi mother was alive when she was hit by a car, police say

A single mother run over by a vehicle while she was lying on the road of a subdivision died of crushing injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle, police say.

Police Chief Wayne Payne released Erin Hamilton’s cause of death Tuesday after an autopsy.

Hamilton, 32, of Biloxi, died at the scene before sunrise Sunday on Cypress Drive in the Forest Cove neighborhood.

The police department is working with the Harrison County Coroner’s Office to answer questions, Payne said in a news release.

Hamilton was run over by a pickup in the 600 block of Cypress, where a street light is not too far away, but foggy weather may have caused limited visibility, Lt. Jason King said.

Why Hamilton was lying in the road remains unclear. A driver who struck her called police about 4:21 am. Sunday.

The driver does not face charges at this time, King said.

The results of a toxicology test should help clear up questions, though police want to hear from anyone who saw her Saturday night or early Sunday, King said.

Police say it could take weeks for the Mississippi Forensics Laboratory to complete a toxicology text.

Hamilton, known as a former dancer with Kelli’s Steps in Biloxi, was a D’Iberville High graduate who became a pharmacy technician. She was the mother of an elementary school-aged son.

To share any information in the hours before she was run over, call the D’Iberville Police Department at 228-396-4252 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898. Or give a tip online at mscoastcrimestoppers.com.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews