Columbus, MS – Ryan Koehn Killed in Fatal Crash on Hwy 182, Driver Charged with Murder

Columbus, MS (August 1, 2023) – The driver accused of causing a deadly accident in downtown Columbus has been charged with murder. On Monday, July 31, officials announced that the Mississippi Highway Patrol arrested Tristan Atkinson, 22, who fled from a state trooper on Wednesday, July 26, causing a fatal crash. 

Ryan Koehn, 26, lost his life in the collision that occurred on Highway 182 at around 9:00 p.m. on July 26. The fatal wreck happened shortly after troopers attempted to pull over Atkinson who was driving down the highway in a 2024 GMC Sierra at illegal speeds.

Atkinson failed to comply with the traffic stop and led officers on a high-speed chase. He then collided with Koehn who was operating a 2012 Ford F-150 while traveling south on Fifth Street.

Koehn was airlifted from the scene to the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo where he later lost his life. 

We want to offer our sincere condolences to the deceased victim’s family at this time.

Police in Columbus continue to investigate the details of the accident.

Car Wrecks in Mississippi

Columbus, MS - Ryan Koehn Killed in Fatal Crash on Hwy 182, Driver Charged with Murder

Car accidents happen over 300 times per day in the state of Mississippi. Though a large percentage of these wrecks are fender-benders, others are extremely severe and may even be life-altering. In fact, some of these accidents end the lives of involved individuals. In 2017 alone, there were a reported 685 people who lost their lives in Mississippi car accidents.

The truth is, fatal collisions can typically be prevented but continue to occur when drivers are distracted from to the roads in front of them. If you have lost someone you love in a fatal accident, you may wonder about your available legal rights and options. It is imperative to talk to a lawyer who you can trust during this trying time.

Losing a loved one in a deadly collision can be extremely difficult for you and your loved ones. Due to this, you should be prepared to talk to a dedicated car crash lawyer who has experience handling these types of claims. While you are grieving the unexpected loss of your family member, you may worry about how you will cover the costs related to your crash. Facing these losses can place you in one of the most overwhelming and daunting positions of your life. It is vital that you talk to a wrongful death attorney who has your best interests in mind.

Our knowledgeable and experienced crash lawyers at Mama Justice are here for you after you have lost a loved one in a deadly accident. We believe that you have every right to hold a responsible party liable for the loss of your family member. You should never have to worry about how you will tackle the financial issues associated with a fatal crash on your own. We will help you collect full and fair financial compensation for a long list of damages, including the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial costs

We are here for you every step of the way when it comes to your case. Please do not hesitate to contact a wrongful death attorney in Columbus at (888) 484-1476 for more information on how we can assist you.

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