Reckless driver charged in 6-year-old girl's death in Southaven - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reckless driver charged in 6-year-old girl's death in Southaven

Charged: John Henry Brown Charged: John Henry Brown

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (WMC-TV) - A 6-year-old girl died and six others were injured Saturday morning when a man's reckless driving caused a four-vehicle crash on Interstate 55 just south of Goodman Road, police said.

Witnesses say the John Henry Brown was driving his sedan recklessly and tried to pass an 18-wheeler on the right shoulder. The shoulder ended at Horn Lake Creek Bridge, and Brown swerved in front of the 18-wheeler, causing it to hit another vehicle. That vehicle, carrying a mother and three children, was knocked into the inside guard rail. A 6-year-old girl was thrown through the windshield and died at the scene.

"It's very disturbing - especially for the first officers on the scene - to have to deal with something like that," said Lt. Matt Anderson with the Southaven Police Dept.

The accident caused the 18-wheeler's cab and cargo to dislodge, immediately shutting down northbound and southbound lanes of I-55.

Anderson said police brought in accident reconstructionists."Taking pictures, doing diagrams and measurements. They'll work on it a day or so, and they'll move on to a determination of exactly what happened."

Brown, a 37-year-old Cordova resident, is charged with depraved heart murder and will appear in Southaven Municipal Court on Wednesday. 

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