Cause of local’s death liver, spleen lacerations

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 19, 2009

NATCHEZ — Liver and spleen lacerations were the cause of death for the woman who was involved in a one-vehicle accident, arrested on DUI charges and later died at Natchez Regional Medical Center.

Adams County Coroner James Lee received the autopsy results on Nola Regina Pruitt, 50, of Natchez Tuesday.

Pruitt was arrested Sunday evening after she wrecked her vehicle into a pole on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive.

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Once police arrived, Pruitt was offered medical assistance but declined it, citing she was uninjured, the police report stated.

After failing a field sobriety test, Pruitt was transported to the police department, where her blood alcohol level was tested. Her level was .13 , which is .5 above the legal limit.

She was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, and less than two hours later was bonded out by a family member.

Several hours later, she was found unresponsive at her home and taken to the hospital, where she died.

“What’s so sad about it is, had she gone to get emergency medical treatment, she probably could have been saved. It’s a sad case,” Lee said.