Traffic

Update: Review of pedestrian death by police car stops traffic on US 49

Traffic was blocked Thursday morning at U.S. 49 northbound in Gulfport near the Wal-Mart Supercenter.
Traffic was blocked Thursday morning at U.S. 49 northbound in Gulfport near the Wal-Mart Supercenter. pochs@sunherald.com

Traffic on U.S. 49 just south of Orange Grove was stopped for two hours of accident-reconstruction work on the busy highway Thursday morning.

Authorities were working to investigate the death of a pedestrian struck by a police car last week.

Police were directing traffic between Airport Road and Middle Drive in efforts that began at 10 a.m. That’s around the area where a man died after he was struck by a patrol car Jan. 19.

The 54-year-old man was hit near Arby’s just north of Airport Road. Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said the man’s family has not been found and the coroner has not released his name.

Less than two weeks before the crash, the Sun Herald reported a large number of lights are out on U.S. 49.

The Biloxi Police Department’s accident-reconstruction team is reviewing the crash area as part of an investigation that will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office, Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said.

The area’s law enforcement officials typically call for an independent investigation in officer-involved deaths. Presenting the findings to a grand jury is standard procedure.

Biloxi and Gulfport police had expected reconstruction efforts to take about 30 minutes, “but you never know what you will come across that could extend the time required,” Miller said.

Gulfport police and the Mississippi Department of Transportation circulated requests to the media to issue public warnings about traffic delays in the busy area of U.S. 49.

Middle Drive is situated around hotels and restaurants and is an access road to a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Airport Road is a corridor east of 49 and leads to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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