Mother of 2 killed when hit by car near Port Gibson

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 24, 2009

From staff and AP reports

A Hermanville mother of two died late Saturday night after being struck by a car as she attempted to cross a highway outside a nightclub near Port Gibson.

Yolanda Smith, 38, 9019 Highway 18 No. 3, stepped into the path of a 2003 Chevrolet Impala near Club Old Skool on Mississippi 18 at about 11:55 p.m., Claiborne County Coroner J.W. Mallett said.

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She was pronounced dead at the scene from trauma, Mallett said. An autopsy was not ordered.

The driver of the Impala, Lonnie O’Quinn of Port Gibson, age and address unknown, was not cited, but an investigation is ongoing, said Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol Sgt. James Walker. O’Quinn was not injured, Walker said.

Smith was trying to cross Mississippi 18 when she was struck, Walker said.

She leaves two daughters, one a senior at Port Gibson High School and the other a fourth-grader at A.W. Watson Elementary School, said her sister, Leshon Bruce of Port Gibson.

“She loved to take them shopping,” Bruce said. “She was a people person, very friendly with everyone.” Smith did not work because of a disability, her sister said.

Smith also leaves her mother, a resident of Houma, La., her father who lives in Port Gibson, three brothers and two sisters, Bruce said.

Thompson Funeral Home of Port Gibson is in charge of arrangements.