Run Over Twice, Still Not A Crime In Mississippi
Mississippi is known for the blues, and given what the Starkville District Attorney has said about the case of involving Jan Morgan being hit by a car and then run over after the driver stopped to check on her, seems that there is good reason. As per the Starkville Daily News, the March 22nd accident report reads:
“The cyclist was westbound on MS 50 near the Truelove Loop intersection. V1 (vehicle one) was westbound on MS 50 approaching the cyclist from the rear. The front of V1 collided with the rear of the bicycle. The impact threw the cyclist into the air before landing on the hood of V1 and onto the windshield. V1 continued for a few feet before coming to a stop. The cyclist was then thrown to the asphalt when V1 stopped. The driver of V1 exited the vehicle and observed the cyclist while talking on the phone. D1 (driver one) then reentered her vehicle and ran the cyclist over again before being forced from her vehicle by a witness. V1 came to a final rest facing west in the westbound lane on MS 50 just meters west of the Truelove Loop intersection. The cyclist came to a final rest near the right front tire of V1.”
According to the blog by Jan’s husband Dave (fwiw together they own Boardtown Bikes) the District Attorney has determined that no felony charges will be filed against the driver, as there is nothing on the Mississippi books specifically outlawing running down a cyclist, getting out of your car to see how they are doing, and then running them over again. Apparently while attempted murder is certainly illegal in Mississippi, along with a number of other things, running over a fellow human after you’ve already hit them in broad daylight while not legal isn’t that against the law. Given the circumstances it is almost hard to believe, but with every week bringing another tale of a cyclist being run down and the driver receiving nothing but a slap on the wrist it unfortunately isn’t terribly surprising. Perhaps the pressure will make the DA reconsider, or get activists fired up enough to actually get a law passed outlawing actively running over another person in Mississippi.