Delores Richardson Killed in Single-Vehicle Accident in Stone County, MS
Stone County, MS — September 12, 2022, 50-year-old Delores Richardson was killed in a single-vehicle accident along Highway 26 in Stone County.
Authorities say the incident happened around 12:20 p.m. along Highway 26. Preliminary investigation suggests Richardson was driving a Nissan Altima west on the highway when she lost control for unknown reasons. The car left the road and crashed into several trees nearby.
Richardson was fatally injured in the accident.
The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.
Commentary on Delores Richardson Accident in Stone County
I've been contacted by many families over the years who knew deep down in their hearts that their loved one didn't, wouldn't, and couldn't have been responsible for the crash that took their lives. They asked us to take closer look and fill in the blanks that law enforcement left behind--for closure if nothing else.
Sometimes our experts would carefully examine every aspect of the accident and return with the sad news that the victim was speeding, or turned their attention to a phone or radio, or generally just made a mistake anyone could have. Many other times, however, they found compelling evidence that something out of the driver's hands was actually to blame and police just overlooked it.
I don't mean that as a dig against law enforcement or the important work they do. I just know that they're often at the mercy of limited resources, understaffing, and competing priorities, so they can't afford to pay enough attention to the subtleties of a wreck. When that happens, drivers get blamed even though something beyond their control--wet roads, vehicle malfunctions, medical emergencies--was the true cause.
If there's any doubt or confusion about what happened in Stone County, it may be best to have independent investigators take another look and see if anything was missed the first time through. At the very least there may be a chance to bring more badly-needed answers to the victim's loved ones, and that's more than enough reason.