Habitual drunk driver causes fatal Thanksgiving day crash in Mississippi, three killed, including driver with four DUIs who’d been arrested twice in the past week for alcohol-related incidents
Witnesses say Shelley Rose, rammed her van into Jada Bright’s car, before slamming into Vincent Evens’ Nissan Altima
Rose, 48 was killed as was 23-year-old Bright of Slidell, Louisiana, and Vincent, 45, of Albertville, Alabama in the Thanksgiving day tragedy in Pearl County, Mississippi
Witnesses said show who had been arrested twice in the past week for alcohol-related incidents including a fourth DUI was driving her van the wrong way on interstate I-59
Rose had a long history of convictions and arrests for alcohol-related incidents, slammed into Bright’s Saturn Ion head-on
She had been arrested on suspicion of a fourth felony DUI on Tuesday, released on bail, and arrested on suspicion of public drunkenness on Wednesday
Witnesses say Shelley Rose, [photo], caused a crash on Mississippi’s interstate I-95 on Thanksgiving day that killed her and two other motorists, leaving two injured
A DUI-prone Mississippi woman who witnesses say caused a crash that killed herself and two others on Thanksgiving day.
Shelley Rose had been arrested twice in the past week, once for a fourth suspected DUI and another time for alleged public drunkenness.
Rose, 48, was driving against traffic on Interstate 59 in Pearl River County when her Dodge Caravan collided head-on with two other vehicles, killing Jada Bright, 23, from Slidell, Louisiana, and Evens Vincent, 45, from Albertville, Alabama, the Clarion Ledger reported.
She records indicate, had an extensive history of convictions and arrests for alcohol-related incidents.
Rose was said to have been driving her Dodge Caravan south on I-59 on Thursday when her vehicle struck the Saturn Ion being driven by Bright head-on, as well as the Nissan Altima being driven by Vincent.
A Honda CRV that was heading southbound on the interstate then struck the Saturn and rolled over into the line of trees along the edge of the interstate, authorities said.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is not investigating the incident.
Witnesses were said to have called 911 to report the van being driven the wrong way on the interstate, but were too late to prevent the fatal wreck.
But unfortunately, law enforcement could not keep her off of the road.
‘Part of the problem is getting these cases for the prosecution. There can be multiple counties and jurisdictions involved and it’s not easy getting that information through the courts,’ Lauderdale County Sheriff Billie Sollie said.
It’s not uncommon for people awaiting trial to continue to offend, law enforcement officials said.
‘I’ve seen people with seven or eight charges,’ Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said.
If Lax guidelines led to multiple deaths: Shelley Rose [photo], had she survived the crash, was facing conviction on the suspected fourth felony DUI, with a minimum prison sentence of two, maximum of 10 years
‘It takes so long to make it through the court system. I guess people are going to do what they do. They’re going to continue to drink and drive even if they have multiple convictions, at least until something stops them from doing so.’
Rose had been released from Lauderdale County Detention Center in Meridian, Mississippi on Tuesday, after being picked up on suspicion of her fourth felony DUI.
The department had received calls about a possibly intoxicated driver operating a Dodge Caravan, with witnesses saying Rose drove off the roadway and sideswiped a concrete parking barrier before she was taken into custody, Calhoun said.
She paid a $10,000 bond and was released about eight hours later, only to be arrested again the next day.
She was picked up on Wednesday on suspicion of public drunkenness by members of the Ellisville Police Department, and released that night without bail, according to information posted on the Jones County Sheriff’s Department website.
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