RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. (WJTV) – After nearly two months since a 17-year-old girl was struck by a car and killed in Flowood, the family of Irina Gutierrez now knows the name of the person responsible for her death.
From the beginning of this investigation, Starkishia and Heath Bolding said they felt Rankin County officials have been hiding the truth about their daughter’s death. According to the accident report, there were four occupants in the car, but the family said they were initially told there were only two.
The family also said they were told there were many witnesses, but they’re not documented on the reported.
Schwartz & Associates is representing Gutierrez’s family. They’re pursing the underlying civil claim against the liability insurance carrier.
“It’s definitely been some conflicting information that’s come out of it,” said managing partner, Patrick Wooten.
On Monday, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office sent out a news release, which stated the driver that hit Gutierrez won’t face charges and that the driver never left the scene. Gutierrez’s family said they were told otherwise.
The family said knowing that there were more people in the car and being unsure as to if the driver left the scene or not, brings doubt that the lady’s name on the report is even the person who hit Gutierrez.
“Just going down the street is leaving the scene. We don’t know if threw drugs out of the car, alcohol or if people got out. We don’t know,” said Starkishia Bolding.
This case has been turned over to the Rankin County district attorney. We’ve reached out to them for comment on this investigation but have not heard back.