Tristan Smith, 12, died in a devastating car accident near D’Iberville on a fateful Sunday afternoon, leaving the Biloxi town devastated. The event happened on Lamey Bridge Road, just to the north of Sangani Boulevard, and it has caused the neighbourhood to mourn and rally around Tristan’s bereaved family.
D’Iberville Police Chief Shannon Nobles provided details of the incident, revealing that young Tristan was hit by a vehicle shortly before 2:30 p.m. The accident took place as Tristan and his friends attempted to cross Lamey Bridge Road, heading west toward Academy Sports, near the C-Store. It was at this moment that a Jeep traveling south tragically collided with Tristan, leading to the devastating outcome.
Officers and fire rescue personnel were among the first to arrive at the scene. An off-duty nurse who was passing by and decided to help them in their emergency efforts to preserve Tristan’s life. The extent of Tristan’s injuries was obvious despite their diligent efforts and swift action.
It became really important to get Tristan to the Merit Health Biloxi hospital. Tristan was accompanied by a nurse and a firefighter as a D’Iberville Police officer took the victim to the hospital and continued life-saving procedures. Sadly, Harrison County Coroner Brian Switzer has determined that Tristan Smith passed away from his injuries at the hospital, mostly as a result of blunt force trauma, despite the valiant efforts of everyone involved.
Chief Nobles expressed the profound sorrow felt by the community in a press release issued on Monday morning. “Sadly, despite the efforts of all involved, the juvenile victim succumbed to the injuries sustained at the hospital; it’s a terrible tragedy,” he stated, encapsulating the sentiments of many who were deeply affected by this heartbreaking incident.
The D’Iberville Police Department and the Biloxi Police Department initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident. However, at this time, no charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the Jeep. The focus remains on understanding the events leading up to this tragic incident and ensuring that every aspect is thoroughly examined.
The Biloxi community has banded together in the wake of this tragic catastrophe to assist Tristan’s family through this terribly trying time. A family member, Janeta Garver, started a GoFundMe campaign to help the family with the financial load that has been placed on them. She recounted the family’s sorrow and shock in a poignant statement and asked just for money to pay for Tristan’s mother’s burial costs and help her financially so she could grieve appropriately.
Tristan Smith was a vibrant 12-year-old boy with his whole life ahead of him. His untimely passing has deeply affected those who knew him and many more who empathize with his family’s loss. The GoFundMe campaign serves as an opportunity for the community to come together, offer their condolences, and extend a helping hand to Tristan’s family in their time of need.
Tristan Smith, 12, was tragically killed in an automobile accident near D’Iberville, and his untimely death has devastated and mourned the Biloxi town. This tragic tragedy serves as a reminder of the frailty of life and the value of helping one another out in difficult situations. The neighbourhood has come together to help Tristan’s family as the inquiry progresses, contributing to a GoFundMe page to lessen the financial load and offer moral support during this unfathomable trauma. Tristan’s memory will endure in the hearts of all who loved him, and the community’s cohesiveness during this trying time is evidence of the Biloxi people’s fortitude and compassion.