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.