D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - A D'Iberville man could face charges following a police pursuit that resulted in the death of his mother. Marshall Smith, 24, remains in the hospital after Thursday's crash. His mom, Millicent Smith, died at the scene.
A day after the Quave Road accident, investigators returned to the Jackson County/Harrison County border. They used spray paint to mark potential clues, trying to determine why the car left the road and how the 48-year-old woman died.
Witnesses who saw the accident tell WLOX News Marshall was behind the wheel. They believe he was driving as fast as 100 mph before slamming into a tree.
The determinations of the crash scene investigators could play a vital role should authorities decide to charge Marshall with a crime in the accident that killed his mother, because whatever happened in the minutes before the deadly chase started in D'Iberville, that city's police department is helping with the investigation.
"We're meeting with Jackson County. They're investigating the accident, certain aspects of it and what charges they may bring. We're conferring with our district attorney's office to see what charges we need to bring also," D'Iberville Police Chief Wayne Payne said.
The D'Iberville police chief says one of the possible charges is domestic assault.
During a fight that reportedly took place in a D'Iberville restaurant parking lot, witnesses claim they saw Marshall punching and hitting his mother. They said he slammed Millicent to the ground several times.
"He was pale. He had an evil look in his eyes. He was not right," said a witness who did not want to be identified.
"As we were investigating, it was a violent altercation in which this individual that was driving this car rammed a van several times. One time almost knocking the van over," said Payne. "He was assaulting a lady that later turned out to be his mother. Knocking her to the ground. She jumped into the car and they sped away. We gave chase. He almost hit two police cars."
Police say Marshall was driving so fast, the car went airborne before crashing just over the Jackson County line.
"Any time somebody loses their life, it affects you, and a lady lost her life needlessly yesterday," Payne said.
Witnesses said Marshall was also assaulting another woman, who police later confirmed is his sister. Police believe the altercation was because Marshall had taken his mother's vehicle without permission and she went to retrieve it.
Investigators said just more than a month ago Marshall Smith was released from prison on parole for a burglary conviction.