Officer injured, woman killed in Panola County crash

Woman killed in officer-involved crash

SARDIS, MS (WMC) - A woman is dead and a police officer is injured after a crash Monday night, according to Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby.

Darby said the woman died as a result of the crash, and the officer was airlifted to Regional Medical Center after the crash on Highway 315 about a half mile west of I-55 in Sardis.

The woman killed in the crash was identified by the Panola County Coroner as 33-year-old Ericka Hughes.

Ericka Hughes (Source: Family)
Ericka Hughes (Source: Family)

“It’s a small town; everybody knows everybody, you know,” Jennifer Wren said. “She was just a friendly, sweet girl.”

Officer injured, woman killed in Panola County crash

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. Bishop C.L. Sparks said he witnessed the crash as he was getting gas.

“It all happened so fast because it was the debris that we saw,” Sparks said. “You didn’t know actually what it was until you looked. And by that time, it was 20 to 30 feet down the street.”

Darby says the officer was pursuing a motorcycle when the crash happened.

Sardis Police Chief Steve McLarty says the officer had surgery Monday night and will have another surgery Tuesday. He remains in critical condition.

McLarty did not identify the officer but says he’s been with the department for about two years.

Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.

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