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Jackson Police begin reconstructing deadly car accident

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson Police began reconstructing a fatal wreck Tuesday that killed a Madison-Ridgeland Academy teacher the week before.

Detectives on the scene didn't give a clear reason as to why it took a week to begin reconstructing the wreck, except to say that they wanted to complete other parts of the investigation first.

Assistant Police Chief Lee Vance said investigators can still write an accurate reconstruction report because the scene was marked the day of the crash.

One mark, however, was not made the day of the crash, according to Vance, because it started to rain.

The wreck happened around 4:08 PM on Tuesday, August 17.

According to police, Ethan Van Sice, 19, was driving a silver Toyota Tundra when he crossed the center line on River Thames Road, crashing into a white Toyota Camry driven by Leigh Anne Ward, 35, who died at UMC.

Both vehicles landed on their side in the front yard of a home at 5350 River Thames Road.

The homeowner, Martha Smith, said Van Sice had been driving erratically for several blocks before crashing into Ward. Smith said the teen ripped down a stop sign several blocks away, drove through a woman's front lawn, and nearly hit a jogger before the wreck.

According to witnesses, Van Sice was driving much faster than the posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour.

Police said Van Sice could face charges once the investigation is complete.

Ward taught computer classes to elementary students at Madison Ridgeland Academy for 12 years.

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