On May 13, 2012 at approximately 3:53 p.m., Cherrina Gaines, age 28 and of Jackson, Mississippi was operating a 1999 Ford and traveling in the southbound direction on Interstate 55. Cherrina had nine other passengers in her vehicle during the time of the crash; Brandaeja (13) and Javon (0) Cason, Demaggio (10) and Laressa (33) Gaines, Destiny Hall (25), Joevion Moore (6), Cory (9) and Cody (4) Turner, and Dieon Williams (0). All participants are residents of Jackson, Mississippi.
At that said time and place, Cherrina Gaines was traveling southbound on Interstate 55 when her vehicle’s tire blew out, ran off the road, and rolled over multiple times. Several people were ejected from the vehicle and according to the crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, no one was found to be wearing their seat belts during the time of the crash.
Demaggio Gaines, Javon and Brandaeja were all pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by Pemiscot coroner, Jim Brimhall. The three were transported by coroner, Jim Brimhall, to the Pemiscot County morgue. Cherrina and Larissa Gaines received serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to Pemiscot Memorial Hospital. Destiny Hall suffered serious injuries and was flown by air evacuation to the Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Cody and Cory Turner, Dieon Williams, and Joevion Moore received serious injuries and were all transported by ambulance to Pemiscot Memorial Hospital.
The official cause of the crash has not been confirmed, but according to officers at the crash site, evidence indicates that the tires on the vehicle were insufficient and possibly the overcrowded vehicle caused the accident.
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