Bond set for teen involved in deadly wreck - - Jackson, MS

Bond set for teen involved in deadly wreck, mother of victim speaks out

By  Julie Straw - bio | email | twitter

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Bond was set Friday for a Jackson teen involved in a violent wreck that killed a Madison Ridgeland Academy teacher.  A $100,000 bond was set for 19-year-old Ethan Van Sice.

"It's as if your heart has been ripped out.  She was really the sunshine and that's gone," said Bobbie Ward.  The pain and feeling of emptiness was still fresh for Ward, whose only daughter was killed just blocks away from her north east Jackson home on August 17th.

"She was in the prime of her life and all those things have been taken away from her now," said Ward.

Thirty-five-year old Leigh Anne Ward had just wrapped up a day of teaching.  She was traveling on River Thames Road that Tuesday, on her way to pick up her father for a birthday celebration.  That was when a pick up truck, driven by 19 year old Ethan Van Sice, struck Ward's Toyota Camry.  She later died at UMC.  Van Sice was taken to the hospital for observation.

"I still find it hard to believe he wasn't arrested at the site.  It was obvious he was speeding. He was on the wrong side of the road when he ran into Leigh Anne," said Ward.

By Friday night with an indictment from a Hinds County Grand Jury, charged with manslaughter and $100,000 bond, Van Sice had not been arrested.  Ward wanted Van Sice to serve time for the life he ended.

"I do want justice for Leigh Anne.  I feel very strongly about that.  He's out, able to walk around and do whatever he wants to do and my daughter is gone forever," said Ward.

WLBT tried to reach William Kirksey, Van Sice's attorney, by his work telephone and home telephone. Our calls were not returned.

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