Stone County, MS – Sedhari Watson-Person Loses Life in Collision on Hwy 49

Stone County, MS (December 5, 2023) – On Tuesday, December 5, at approximately 2:00 a.m., police in Mississippi responded to the scene of a fatal accident in Stone County. Reports show that a 2016 Dodge Charger operated by Valerie Shanta Smith, 45, of Beaumont, was headed north on Highway 49 when it was involved in a collision with a 2013 Kia Optima operated by Kayla Watkins, 18, and passengers Tatyanna Richmond and Sedhari S. Watson-Person, all of Ocean Springs, MS, also heading north on Highway 49. Sedhari Watson-Person, who was riding in the front seat of the Kia, was fatally injured in the collision and pronounced deceased on-site. Both drivers were air-lifted from the scene with injuries deemed life-threatening. 

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

Mississippi Car Crashes

Car crashes happen daily across the state of Mississippi. Though a lot of these crashes end in serious injuries, some may even be incredibly severe and even fatal. In 2016, it was reported that almost 700 individuals were killed in auto accidents in Mississippi. These crashes tend to happen under several different circumstances, however, the majority are caused by the actions of negligent drivers.

Driver negligence has become a serious issue in the United States, especially in the past ten years. Negligent drivers display their problematic behavior in several ways, including intoxication, distraction, fatigue, and speeding. For example, over 11,000 people are killed annually because of speeding drivers, while over 12,000 end up losing their lives due to driver intoxication.

Stone County, MS - Sedhari Watson-Person Loses Life in Collision on Hwy 49

Where can you turn after you love lost a loved one in a fatal car crash? Too many families are faced with this question each year in Mississippi. As you may be trying to grieve the immense loss of a family member, you may worry about how you are going to financially recover from their accident and the bills piling up against you. These losses happen totally unexpectedly and tend to place surviving family members in ifficult positions. Additionally, filing a wrongful death claim can be a complex endeavor. This is why it is important to contact a Stone County wrongful death attorney after a fatal crash. 

At Mama Justice, we are here to help you recover after a fatal crash. We are well aware that no amount of money is able to compensate for your loss, however, it may help ease the financial burdens you may be faced with at this time. After a fatal crash, you may find that you are eligible for a wide array of financial damages, including the following: 

  • Medical bills
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Therapy costs

We are here to help you during this trying time. Please contact our law firm at (888) 484-1476 to find out what we can do for you. 

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Disclaimer: We, at MW Law Firm – Mama Justice, have worked hard to become valued members of the Northern Mississippi business community. We write these posts to bring awareness to the dangers of driving in hopes that our fellow community members will use an abundance of caution when operating a motor vehicle.  The information in this post is not intended to be medical or legal advice. The photographs used in this post are not taken at the actual accident scene.


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