FLOWOOD, Miss. (WJTV) – Three people are dead after a crash in Flowood early Saturday morning.
According to Flowood police, an officer was attempting to stop a vehicle for careless driving on Lakeland Drive near Lakeland Commons, but the driver ran from the officer by turning into a nearby mall.
The officer stopped following the driver after they entered back onto Lakeland Drive going the wrong way. Later, the officer noticed the same driver was involved in an accident with an oncoming vehicle.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene, they found three people dead.
The driver of the fleeing vehicle was taken to a local hospital and has been identified as 34-year-old Michael D. Watson. Police said he underwent emergency surgery and has been listed in critical condition.
According to investigators, the passengers in Watson’s car have been identified as Shanarne T. Williams, 33, who was three months pregnant, and her unidentified six-year-old daughter.
The driver in the other vehicle has been identified as 62-year-old Paula J. Prem.
Flowood Police and the Mississippi Highway Patrol are investigating this incident.