D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The driver of one of the vehicles struck during Monday night's high-speed chase in D'Iberville remains hospitalized with severe injuries. It has been a terrifying ordeal for her family.
"Very lovable, lovable girl, loves life, loves peoples, love animals," said Vicki MacMillan.
The young lady described by her grandmother as friendly, funny, and outgoing is now lying in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.
"She's pretty drugged up, but still feels the pain," said MacMillan.
Vicki MacMillan said on Monday, Brittany Berry had just completed an interview for a waitress job at a new restaurant in Biloxi and she was getting ready to celebrate.
"She was all excited! She texted me: 'Grandma, I got a second interview tomorrow. I know I got the job and so I'm going to pick up my friends and steaks and granddad's going to cook them for us,'" said MacMillan.
Berry's last public post on Facebook Monday showed that excitement with the caption, "Happy Monday! Good vibes."
Just a few hours later, Berry and her two friends were waiting at a traffic light at Big Ridge and Lamey Bridge Roads in D'Iberville when, investigators say, a truck driven by 31-year old Carl Daniel Young, Jr, of Mobile, crashed into Berry's car. Officers say Young and a female passenger, Catrick Moye-Howell, were fleeing from Jackson County deputies in a stolen truck. Young is also accused of ramming a police car during the chase.
"My heart just sank. I had just lost my sister and my brother, then this," said MacMillan.
The 22-year old St. Martin woman suffered four broken ribs, a collapsed lung, a broken pelvis, a bleeding spleen, and cuts and bruises all over her body.
"I'm surprised she's alive when I saw the car and the whole side of it is caved in," said MacMillan.
MacMillan said Berry will likely remain in ICU for a few more days.
"I'm very angry," she said.
MacMillan said friends and faith have helped her family through this trying time, and she is thankful her granddaughter, an innocent bystander, is still alive.
"Just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I just feel people need to know that she's going to make it. She's got a long recovery, but things are starting to look good," said MacMillan.
Charges against Moye-Howell are pending. Jackson County officials charged Young with felony fleeing and possession of a stolen vehicle. Young also faces these following charges from the D'Iberville Police Department: Aggravated assault, felony fleeing, and felony leaving the scene of an accident.