[9/02/2001]A

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 4, 2001

Warren County woman was killed Saturday evening in a wreck that occurred as she was rushing her 9-year-old son to the hospital with a cut finger.

Warren County Coroner John Thomason identified the victim as 29-year-old Linda L. Miller.

Her son, Chris Livingston, and her 17-year-old niece, Tabitha Brooks, were also injured and taken to ParkView Regional Medical Center. Tabitha, in stable but serious condition, according to a ParkView spokesman, was later transferred to University Medical Center in Jackson. Chris was still in the emergency room at 9:30 p.m., the spokesman said.

Vicksburg Police Patrolman David LaSalle said Miller’s 1984 Mercury Marquis could have hydroplaned on wet pavement as it traveled north on U.S. 61 in front of Batesville Casket Company. The car left the highway, hit a mobile home parked near the road and came to a stop in a drainage ditch about 100 yards away as it hit a utility pole, he said.

“It appears the lady was in a rush taking her son to the hospital emergency room because of the cut on his finger from something that happened at their home,” LaSalle said. “We don’t know if the wet road or the rush she was in made her have the wreck.”

The police department’s accident investigator, Lt. David Beard, who investigated the wreck reported at 6:23 p.m., said the roof of Miller’s car was peeled back as the vehicle ran under the mobile home.

He said Chris was seated in the front seat with his mother and Tabitha was in the back seat behind the driver.

LaSalle and Beard gave the address for all three as 231 Demby Drive but Thomason said a family member said they had moved last week to a home on Campbell Swamp Road.

Miller, a waitress, had worked at Cracker Barrel restaurant for about two months, manager Jimmy Shows said late Saturday night.

Saturday’s rain, which the National Weather Service reported at about a half-inch, may also have played a part in two other wrecks.

Traffic along Pemberton Square Boulevard was tied up for more than an hour as the two accidents occurred yards and minutes from each other on the rain-slick street at about 4 p.m..

Patrolman Anthony Lane said the first wreck occurred as Jennifer Marbley, 17, of Port Gibson, attempted to make a left turn from the mall’s south entrance. Her green Ford Escort was struck from the side by a northbound red Nissan pickup driven by Sedric Laurence, 28, of Arlington, Texas, Lane said.

He said Laurence was unable to stop in time to avoid the crash because of the wet road conditions. No injuries were reported in that wreck, and no citations were issued, he said.

Minutes later, a northbound silver Mercury Grand Marquis driven by Debra Clark, 38, 1309 Bowmar Ave., was struck from behind about 50 yards south of the first wreck, said Vicksburg Police officer Leonce Young.

Clark told police she was attempting to change lanes to avoid the first wreck when the car was struck from behind by a maroon Chevrolet Corsica driven by off-duty Vicksburg Patrolman Patrick Flowers, 24, 320 Fisher Ferry Road, Apt. 12, Young said.

Clark was cited for improper use of lanes.

One injury was reported in the wreck, but the person refused medical treatment, Young said.

Two southbound lanes in front of the mall and two northbound lanes in front of Cingular Wireless were blocked for about an hour following the wrecks.