Woman Still In Critical Condition After Accident With Cop Car - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Woman Still In Critical Condition After Accident With Cop Car

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- Eleanor 'Lolly' Mize, 75, remains in intensive care, five days after her car was hit by a Gulfport Police patrol car.

Police confirmed last week, Officer Bryan Watson was not running his siren or emergency lights as he responded to another officer's call for back up Thursday evening.

Tuesday, Assistant Police Chief Alfred Sexton told WLOX News Officer Watson is now on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation. And Biloxi police have been called in to assist in the investigation.

Before Tuesday, Gulfport officials had not released the name of the woman injured in the accident. Mrs. Mize's family is holding vigil at the hospital, hopeful that her condition will improve.

Also on Tuesday, Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford released the following statement on the accident:

"The Gulfport Police Department has recently been requested to comment on the ongoing investigation regarding the automobile accident that occurred on March 20 in which a Gulfport police officer was involved. As Chief of Police for the City of Gulfport, I have always maintained the position that our obligations to the community are the most important aspect of our service.

We have stated from the onset of the investigation that we believe the actions of Officer Bryan Watson caused the collision that injured Ms. Mize and Officer Watson, along with the damage to the vehicles and property. The Gulfport Police Department initiated both an investigation of the collision and an administrative investigation of Officer Watson's actions.

I believe that in my position as Chief of Police, it is my responsibility to ensure that both investigations are complete and done with the utmost integrity. We owe to the citizens and more importantly to Ms. Mize and her family.

The Biloxi Police Department is currently assisting in the accident reconstruction and investigation. I have spoken with the Harrison County District Attorney's Office. I have requested that Mississippi Bureau of Investigation participate.

My intentions are simple; I want all the facts develops so that there is no question as to what happened and why it happened. In my conversations with the Mize family, I have assured this to them. Citizens have contacted us with information concerning the collision that is greatly assisting this investigation. We have collected and continue to collect evidence that is beneficial for the investigation.

I ask that the citizens be patient with all the entities investigating the collision and in the end, the citizens of Gulfport will have the opportunity to judge their police department's actions."

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