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Pizza restaurant, customers join forces to help accident victim

Papa John's Pizza on Pass Road in Biloxi will donate 20 percent of today's sales to Jones. (Photo source: WLOX) Papa John's Pizza on Pass Road in Biloxi will donate 20 percent of today's sales to Jones. (Photo source: WLOX)
Papa John's employee preparing pizza for Bethanie Jones fundraiser (Photo source: WLOX) Papa John's employee preparing pizza for Bethanie Jones fundraiser (Photo source: WLOX)
Many customers said they don't know the D'Iberville woman, but they wanted to buy pizzas or give money to show their support. (Photo source: WLOX) Many customers said they don't know the D'Iberville woman, but they wanted to buy pizzas or give money to show their support. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A D'Iberville woman still can't walk and she needs an ambulance to take her to doctors' appointments in Mobile. Family members say Bethanie Jones is slowly recovering from a tragic accident on the Popp's Ferry Bridge. On Tuesday, a Biloxi business and customers came together to help with Jones' mounting medical bills.

Pizza dough started rolling out at 8:00 a.m., while another kind of dough, in the form of cash, came pouring in. Many customers showed up at the Papa John's on Pass Road in Biloxi to buy pizza to raise money for one specific cause.

"I came in to support the young lady that was injured on the Popp's Ferry Bridge," said George Daniel of Biloxi.

Police say that young lady, 28-year-old Bethanie Jones, suffered severe injuries in a DUI crash on June 30. She just got off work at Stein Mart in Biloxi and was while driving home on the Popp's Ferry Bridge when her vehicle was hit.

Biloxi police say the driver of the other vehicle, 28-year old William Horner of Gulfport, was charged with "driving under the influence involving injury", which is a felony.

"It was tragic what happened on the bridge. I go across that bridge every day, and you never think about accidents when you stay in your lane. But wow, when I heard about this, I really felt it," said Daniel.

"Because if it was my sister, I would want someone to help me out. Plus, we're all God's kids. So we all got to look out for each other," said Herman Moody of Biloxi.

That Papa John's location will donate 20-percent of the day's sales to help with Jones' medical expenses.

"I don't know them personally, but I've had a friend die in a car accident and knowing that she's still there, still fighting, it kind of got to me," said Jourdan Hartshorn, Papa John's Coast Marketing Director.

Jones' older brother dropped by the restaurant to express his gratitude.

"I didn't realize how many people she knew, how many people she touched. She has the biggest heart. We as a family love her. Without the support of the community, and of course, the support of Jehovah's God, we couldn't make it through this traumatic ordeal," said Rod Jones.

Supporters hope the donations will help ease the family's financial burden, so Jones can focus on her recovery.

"It was unfortunate she was in an accident, and with the help of the Lord, hopefully, she'll get better. This donation will hopefully help her out," said Moody.

"She is progressing, and with a lot of support from the community, it really does her good to see the love that she's getting and I think that's going to take a big part to play in her healing process," said Rod Jones.

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