March 14, 2019
Tragedy struck a family from Mississipi after a mother of four died instantly when a police car bumped head on her vehicle. The officer was allegedly chasing a motorcycle when he crashed with the innocent woman.
The incident took place on Monday night at Highway 315 in Sardis, Mississippi.
Ericka Hughes and her four children. | Source: ABC13
Ericka Hughes, a 32-year-old mother of four, was out to buy some takeout food for her kids when she was accidentally killed. The woman used to work two jobs in Batesville to provide for her kids. She served eight years at Dollar Tree and three years at AT&T, according toWREG
Hughes was turning into a Sonic drive-in when a Sardis police car crashed head-on into her. According to witnesses, the police officer identified as 33-year-old Alex Aikens was in the middle of a highspeed chase and had been swerving in and out of traffic before the crash.
The front of the Sardis cruiser was destroyed after the impact. | Source: ABC13
People said the crash sounded like a bomb.
"When you hear an impact like that, everybody just turns around. You don't know what you're looking for. You just see debris flying," a witness said.
While Hughes died at the place of the accident, Sardis Police Chief Steve McLarty told WMC-TV that Aikens is still in critical condition at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He is scheduled for surgery Wednesday, WMC reported.
Alex Aikens, the police officer involved in the crash. | Source: Twitter/AHerreraReports
Brenda Hughes, Ericka’s sister, expressed her outrage at her sister’s death. "The police, jumping in and out of traffic. Why? No clue. Trying to chase this motorcycle that he knew he wasn't going to catch,” she said.
Is not clear why police were chasing the motorcycle, and the person has not been caught yet.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol is in charge of the investigation on the case, and they’re expected to release more information once they can determine if the accident was recorded on the dash cam of the police vehicle.
Some of the stores around the place have security cameras, but according to WREG; they weren’t able to catch the crash on video.
Meanwhile, Ericka’s family is demanding answers as they grieve for their “best friend.”
“She was my everything. It was only me and her. So when they took her, they took all I had. When they took her, they took half of me," Brenda said.
Unfortunately, Hughes is not the first and probably won't be the last victim product of a police chase in Sheffield, England.
Last year, three adults and a 1-year-old kid lost their lives after a VW Golf collided with a VW Touran. The Golf had been chased by the police minutes before the crash. Three more passengers in the Touran were also injured, including a 3-year-old girl who was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Police refused to reveal the identity of the people involved in the fatal crash but shared that the three males traveling in the Golf, aged 17, 18 and 23, were taken into custody
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