According to witnesses, a female driving on U.S. 90 lost control of her vehicle, hit the median hard enough to force the car onto the retaining wall and to knock down a light pole. The officer, who was just beginning his shift, struck her vehicle from behind. The female driver, Gerald Yvonne Hartfield was killed in the accident. The officer, who has not yet been identified, was seriously injured. Another vehicle ran over the light pole making it a three car accident. No injuries were reported for the individuals in the third car.