Last week the Gulfport Police Department responded to an accident in the area of Cowan Road and Magnolia Street where they found a 55 year-old male suffering from serious injuries where he later passed away while receiving medical aid.
The investigation revealed that he fell from a 1951 GMC pickup due to an equipment malfunction of the vehicle door during a turn. He was then struck by a vehicle traveling behind them on the same roadway.
The driver of the second vehicle stopped and cooperated with law enforcement.
The driver of the 1951 GMC pickup, 51 year-old James Bryan Eads of West Monroe, Louisiana, is being charged with 1st degree of driving under the influence. He was processed and released from the Gulfport Police Department.
The driver of the second vehicle was not charged. The identity of the deceased is withheld pending proper family notification.