One dead after SUV flips near Reservoir; Source: Rankin County SO
The coroner identified the woman as 23-year-old Janell Nicole Taylor, from Brandon. Source: Janell Taylor's Facebook
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
A Brandon woman is dead after her SUV rolled over early Friday morning near the Reservoir.
The coroner identified the woman as 23-year-old Janell Nicole Taylor, from Brandon.
The Rankin County Sheriff's Department received a call about a vehicle on Fannin Landing Circle around 5:15 a.m. Reservoir Fire Department, Rankin EOG and Pafford ambulance service all responded.
According to Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey, they found a Mitsubishi SUV that had run off the road and flipped.
The driver and passenger had both been ejected from the SUV. The driver died on the scene from her injuries.
The passenger was injured and taken to University Medical Center for treatment. Their condition is unknown.
As Taylor's family mourns her death, metro-area law enforcement want to remind drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
In a special report on distracted driving, WLBT reported the Magnolia State takes the top spot in crash deaths and cell phone usage.
"Distracted driving is another leading cause of deaths here," said Eric Henry, public affairs officer for Mississippi Highway Patrol. "We can be on patrol at any given time and pull up beside somebody and they'll be really involved in their phone and not paying attention that we're even beside them."
Young drivers aren't the only ones who need to put the devices down, Henry said it's also important for adults to do the right thing and set a good example for teens.
"If that child watches you text and drive, they're going to think it's okay to do the same thing," Henry said. " So, you want to pass it down to them and let them know being distracted, texting, being on Facebook or any type of social media while that vehicle is moving is a danger to not only yourself but other people that are on the roadway."