Accident takes the life of woman and her unborn child

Published 4:10 pm Wednesday, April 11, 2007

An accident on Caesar Road Tuesday afternoon took the life of a young woman and her unborn child while critically injuring her two year-old son.

The accident occurred at about 1:05 p.m. on Caesar Road, south of West Union Road. A press release from the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department states that a caller reported there was a head-on collision and that a female and juvenile passenger were trapped in one of the vehicles.

Two vehicles, a north bound 2002 Nissan Sentra and a south bound Ford F-250 truck, were involved in the accident and hit head on, the release states. Maj. Aaron Russell said at press time the cause of the crash is unknown and the accident is still under investigation.

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Russell said Southeast and Carriere Volunteer Fire Departments were called on scene and conducted the extrication of the two trapped passengers.

There were four passengers in the Sentra, driver Jamie Lilly, 20, and her one year-old son, and Christie Segraves, 23, and her two year-old son. All four occupants of the Sentra were taken to nearby hospitals, the release states. The two children were later transported to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Sheriff Joe Stuart said.

The two passengers of the F250 were identified as James Rasco, 35, and Shaun Palmtree, 34, both of Picayune, according to the press release.

Segraves was reported to have lost the child she was carrying and then died a short time later. Russell said Lilly suffered a broken leg but he had no further medical information on the other people involved in the accident.

Stuart said the one year-old suffered a skull fracture but was listed as stable when he was transferred to Children’s Hospital. The two year-old had a heart beat but was not breathing on his own at the scene, he said. The sheriff said the last word he had was that the two children involved in the crash were in stable condition at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

Capt. Chris Lott said the hospital reported that the two-year old is on life support.

An accident reconstruction team from the Mississippi Highway Patrol will investigate the cause of the accident, Stuart said.