Patient killed after walking out of Mississippi hospital and into traffic

Published 2:40 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2019

A hospital patient who apparently walked out of the facility and into traffic was struck and killed Friday night by a passing car in what police say was a “tragic accident.”

Officials with the Vicksburg Police Department said 38-year-old Regina Hunt, from Roxie, Mississippi, died from injuries suffered when she was struck by a passing vehicle at about 10:30 p.m.

Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Hunt’s name and information was released Monday after her family was notified. Hunt was reportedly a patient at Merit Health River Region’s west campus.

Sgt. Bobby Jones, with the Vicksburg Police Department, said the investigation into the accident showed that Hunt was either standing in the road at the time she was struck or stepped out into traffic.

The driver who struck Hunt called 911. Jones said no wrongdoing was found during the investigation and that the event was a “tragic accident.”

When contacted for information regarding Hunt, Leigh White, spokesperson for Merit Health River Region, said “HIPAA regulations and other patient privacy considerations prevent us from commenting at this time.”