Woman airlifted after accident

Published 10:00 pm Friday, March 20, 2009

NATCHEZ — A local woman was extricated from her vehicle and airlifted to a Jackson hospital after a Friday evening accident on Orleans Street.

Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins said Katherine Killelea was driving down South Union Street, crossing over Orleans Street.

A witness to the accident said a 1997 Toyota Camry, driven by John Shoal Mira, 26, No. 4 Cornell St., driving west on Orleans Street, ran the stop sign and struck Killelea’s vehicle on its passenger side, Mullins said.

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The car flipped on its side after impact.

Police and and the Natchez Fire Department officials responded to the call, and used the Jaws of Life to cut open the roof of the car and remove Killelea.

Mullins said the car doors were too damaged from the accident to be opened.

Killelea’s son-in-law Bob Sizemore said she was responsive after the accident.

Killelea was transported to a Natchez Regional Medical Center, and then airlifted to the University Medical Center in Jackson.

Mullins said she was transported in guarded condition.

The accident occurred at 5:07 p.m., he said.

Mira was arrested on charges of no insurance and on a bench warrant for driving under suspension.

He was not injured in the accident.

Killelea’s husband, Dr. Donald Edward Killelea, died last week.