Hattiesburg, MS – Five-Year-Old Killed in Accident on US 98 near Cross Creek Pkwy

Hattiesburg, MS (July 22, 2022) – Police in Hattiesburg arrested a man after a fatal DUI crash that took the life of a five-year-old on July 20. Authorities said the wreck occurred on eastbound US 98 near Cross Creek Parkway at approximately 9:00 p.m. Wednesday. 

Police report that Union resident Marty Leach, age 30, was traveling in his 2002 Dodge Ram pickup truck when he struck the rear end of a Kia Soul. This caused a chain-reaction crash that involved five vehicles. 

Police reported that two adults and the five-year-old child inside the Kia Soul were transported to a local hospital. The child passed away a short time after arriving. 

Leach was arrested for DUI and charged with DUI-causing death. He was sent to the Forrest County Jail. Police continue to investigate the collision. 

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the deceased victim’s family. We hope for the full recovery of the injured parties. 

Mississippi Auto Collisions

Hattiesburg, MS - Five-Year-Old Killed in Accident on US 98 near Cross Creek PkwyIn the United States, thousands of people sustain injuries daily due to auto accidents. Statistics concerning auto wrecks in the United States reveal that, per day, the country sees around 17,000 traffic collisions that cause injuries to about 7,500 people. What causes all of these car accidents? On average, approximately 90% of the vehicle accidents reported in the United States are caused by some form of driver error. 

Driver error is a blanket term for many different behaviors drivers display that are irresponsible, negligent, or dangerous that can lead to collisions. Intoxicated, fatigued, and distracted driving are three common forms of driver error/negligence. 

Driver intoxication leads to 32 deaths per day in the US. Distracted driving takes more than 3,000 lives per year, and drowsy driving leads to approximately 50,000 yearly injuries. Driver negligence is a serious and hazardous issue in the United States that wreaks havoc on thousands of families and causes an exorbitant amount of stress throughout the country. 

Suffering severe injuries in a car wreck can put you in the hospital for weeks or longer. Being stuck in the hospital can be overwhelming and exhausting, especially when you’re dealing with painful injuries. If you were hurt in a crash, you may be dealing with physical, emotional, and financial issues. 

In the case that your accident was caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to collect financial compensation that can help you make a full recovery. Medical care for a severe auto accident can cost tens of thousands of dollars in hospital bills, plus, you may have vehicle repair bills and other expenses piling up, all while you’re unable to work. 

In worst-case scenarios, accident victims suffer injuries so severe that they end up losing their lives. If you are the surviving family member of the victim of a fatal car wreck, an attorney can help you determine whether another person’s negligent actions caused your loved one’s wreck. You can collect compensation for funeral costs and more if a court finds that negligence is to blame for the accident.

If you’re stuck in a situation like this, financial compensation could pay for most or all of the costs related to your collision. A wrongful death attorney in Hattiesburg could help you file a personal injury claim for compensation so you can get your life back on track. 

Contact Mama Justice at (662) 262-6264 for more information.

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