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Atlanta Woman Killed in Hancock County, Mississippi

October 12, 2018

HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss — A woman from Atlanta died in a single-car crash on Interstate 10 in Hancock County, Mississippi. The reported that the fatal crash happened around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Four other individuals went to the hospital with various injuries. The Mississippi State Patrol has the accident under investigation.*

The investigating officers indicated that Shea D. Lightfoot, 34-years-of-age from Atlanta, was driving a 2015 Toyota 4-Runner east on Interstate 10, approximately eight miles away from the Louisiana line. Investigators are trying to determine why Lightfoot lost control over the SUV and careered into the center median, and then into a culvert. The SUV flipped over several times after hitting the culvert and came to rest in a line of trees. 

Mississippi State Patrol officers said that Christian Gilliard, who was 36-years old from Atlanta, died at Hancock Medical Center. Tampa Whitfield, 42, Tanaka Roberts, 44 and Lyssa S. Simpson, 43, all of Atlanta, and Tarina S. Lloyd, 45, hailing from El Paso, Texas, suffered severe injuries in the crash. They went to local hospitals from treatment. The driver, Lightfoot, also suffered injuries in the crash but they were not as serious as the others.

Mississippi State Patrol officers confirmed that Lightfoot, Whitfield, and Simpson wore seatbelts. Gilliard and the other people in the car did not wear a seatbelt.  

Wearing a seatbelt can greatly reduce the risk of suffering catastrophic injuries or death in an accident. In 2016, 23,714 people died in motor vehicle collisions in the U.S. according to the CDC. Half of those who died who were aged 15-44 years did not wear a seatbelt. The loss of life is tremendous, andso is the economic cost. People who survived crashes but were not wearing a seatbelt will accumulate $48 billion in medical costs and lost wages in their collective lifetimes.

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