Woman killed when van hits telephone pole; Driver charged

David William Aust (Photo source: Ocean Springs Police Dept.)
David William Aust (Photo source: Ocean Springs Police Dept.)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A single vehicle accident in Ocean Springs left one woman dead and one man in hot water with authorities, according to Detective Capt. William Jackson.

Jackson said officers responded to reports of a van hitting a telephone pole and leaving the scene shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Authorities said the van involved in the accident was discovered at Big O's on Bienville Boulevard.

Jackson said patrolman Delaney Waltman was the first officer on scene and determined the driver of the vehicle to be 55-year-old David William Aust and the passenger to be Jennifer Marie Courtney, both of Ocean Springs. Jackson said Courtney was unconscious when police arrived.

Jackson said Aust and Courtney were transported to the Ocean Springs Hospital Emergency Room. Officials said Aust was treated for minor injuries and was then transported to the Ocean Springs City Jail where he was charged with duties of driver involved in an accident resulting in personal injury or death.

Jackson said Courtney was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after 4 p.m. on Sunday.

While at the hospital, a warrant for blood samples from Aust and Courtney was obtained, and the samples were sent to the state crime lab for testing.

Jackson said Aust bailed out of jail on a $50,000 bond on Sunday.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible. Once the investigation is complete, it will be heard by a Jackson County Grand Jury.

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