D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A South Mississippi family is morning the loss of a loved one after a tragic overnight accident. It happened in the Forest Cove Subdivision after a 53-year-old D'Iberville man attempted to drive himself to the emergency room.
Officers say the victim was leaving his home on Hemlock Drive when he lost control of his truck. The truck crashed into his carport, hit a neighbor's mailbox, and another neighbor's parked van. That's when the victim was ejected from the moving vehicle.
The truck then crossed Brodie Road, where it crashed into a home on Evergreen Drive.
The victim's name is being withheld until the autopsy is complete. That's scheduled for Monday morning. But WLOX News spoke with the victim's family Sunday afternoon.
Dwayne Hartley said when he got a call that his sister's fiancé was killed in an accident; he was at a loss for words.
"When they said put the sheet over him, I knew it was over," Hartley said.
For months, both families stayed by the victims' side, surgery after surgery. But this time, family members say things changed with the 53-year-old.
"I told my fiancé, he's not doing good. He's not the same person," Hartley said.
The victim's fiancé told WLOX, he had undergone three tracheotomies. The most recent was just days ago.
Saturday night he didn't feel well. She told him she would leave work early to take him to the hospital. But the victim didn't wait and decided to drive himself.
"The gentleman was simply trying to get medical attention and drive himself to the hospital," Keith Davis said. "We believe there was some panic that set in and he was just simply trying to get some help."
Emergency officials say the victim crashed into his home, a mailbox, and a parked van before being thrown from his truck.
Now his family is remembering his life and mourning his death.
"He's going to be missed by the kids because he was such a great guy," Lynn Boston said.
"We are all family, but he was the one who was a good, good man," Hartley said.