Grand Jury Clears Officer In Gulfport Crash

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- A Harrison County Grand Jury has cleared a Gulfport police officer of any criminal wrongdoing in an traffic accident that left a woman in critical condition.

On March 20, 75-year-old Eleanor Mize was leaving the Sonic on Highway 49 at 17th Street when a patrol car crashed into her vehicle. Officer Bryan Watson was headed to an emergency call, but didn't have on his siren or flashing lights. Another officer had called for back up to a high-risk traffic stop.

The Grand Jury report cited Watson's statements to investigators that he could see the other officer's car stopped on Highway 49 and his attention was focused there, and failed to see the red light.

The Grand Jury determined Officer Watson failed to yield at a red light at the Highway 49 and 17th Street intersection and that Watson was driving between 70 and 75 miles per hour at the point of impact.

The Grand Jury concluded there was no probable cause to believe that any indictable offense was committed by Officer Watson.

Eleanor Mize is still at Memorial Hospital, but is now listed in stable condition.