Official IDs motorcyclist in fatal I-10 crash in Harrison County


The motorcyclist killed in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 in Harrison County on Sept. 6 has been identified as a 50-year-old Alabama man.

Timothy P. Thompson of Boaz died in the crash, which occurred near mile marker 23, about 3 miles east of the DeLisle exit, Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Chase Elkins said.

An investigation shows Thompson was eastbound on a 2013 Harley-Davidson in the right lane when he was hit from behind by a 2008 Toyota Tacoma, Elkins said.

Thompson was ejected onto I-10 while his Harley went into the median.

The driver of the Toyota moved to the right shoulder, and a 2010 Ford F-150 came up behind the Toyota and tried to avoid hitting Thompson by pulling into the left lane, but the right side of the pickup struck him, Elkins said.

Thompson died at the scene.

The other drivers were not injured.

Elkins said the crash remains under investigation, and it’s unclear if charges will be filed.

State law requires written reports on fatal crashes be sent to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. That agency is responsible for making sure that drivers had liability insurance at the time of a crash. If not, a driver can face a fine of up to $1,000 for failing to maintain insurance. Also, their license can be suspended for one year or until the owner shows proof of insurance.

Capt. John Luther of the Hancock County Sheriff’s office describes a multi-vehicle accident that led to the death of a motorcycle passenger on June 21, 2018.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews