GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - We now know the identity of a man seriously injured after being hit by a car Saturday night on Hwy 90 in Gulfport.
Joseph Daniel Little, 27, from Purvis, was sitting on the tailgate of a pickup truck when he was struck by a 2010 Cadillac CTS-V around 10:30pm.
Gulfport Police say the driver, 61-year-old Warren Hammett of Leland, was attempting to do a "burnout" when he lost control of his car, striking a parked motorcycle and five pedestrians. Little was the most seriously injured of the victims, and was taken to Garden Park Medical Center. The other victims received non-life-threatening injuries, and are recovering.
Hammett, who also had minor injuries, was given a citation for reckless driving. The investigation is ongoing.
Drew Cameron was watching from across Highway 90 when it happened, calling it "a pretty intense situation."
"It went into a motorcycle and the back end of a pickup. Two girls were sitting on the tailgate of the pickup with their legs hanging out and we watching him hit that thing," said Cameron. "How the girls got out, I don't know."
In all of the years he's attended Cruisin' the Coast, Cameron has never witnessed anything like the accident. Around 30 to 40 people were in the crowd when the car lost control.
"You just don't do something like that when you've got that many people that close by," Cameron added.
Lt. Thomas McCorkle says that several spectators were egging him on.
"They were pouring water on the street and they were encouraging, hootin' and hollering, encouraging the cars to peel out," said McCorkle. "Evidently, they've been getting away with it."
Woody Bailey, who heads Cruisin' the Coast, said the organization explicitly outlaws burning out at all of its venues, but doesn't have control over what happens on the road.
"Cruisin' the Coast is a great event for the Gulf Coast, it's a fun event, and we want to keep it safe," said Bailey.