Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tragic stupidity on the lake

Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey issued the following press release:

Jet Ski Accident Results in One Person Dead and One Arrested

On Tuesday evening May 19, 2015 at approximately 6:18 p.m., the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a Jet Ski accident on a lake in the Robinhood Community. Rankin County Deputies along with the Robinhood Fire Department, Rankin EOC and AMR responded to the scene.

 Once on scene, deputies found that two jet skis collided on the lake and that one rider had been killed as a result of the accident. The deceased subject was identified as Bryan James BESSONETTE, a 29 year old male from Pearl. BESSONETTE’s body was transported to the MS State Crime Lab.

The rider of the other Jet Ski was identified as John Craig SIMPSON, a 36 year old male from Florence. SIMPSON was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released. Due to the strong possibility that alcohol contributed to the accident, SIMPSON was arrested by deputies upon his release. SIMPSON was transported to the Rankin County Jail where he booked on the charge of Culpable Negligence Manslaughter.

John Craig Simpson will appear before Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel today for an initial appearance.

The accident is still under investigation by Rankin County Sheriff’s Office and Officers from the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.


Beer Drinking Fisherman said...

The mere fact that he was drinking (and both probably were) is no proof or indication that he was negligent. Intoxication does not necessarily equal negligent culpability. Too many jump to that conclusion.

Anonymous said...

Mississippi Code
Chapter 23 - Alcohol Boating Safety Act.§ 59-23-7. Offenses and penalties.

(1) It is unlawful for any person to operate a watercraft on the public waters of this state who:

(a) Is under the influence of intoxicating liquor;

(4) Any person who operates any watercraft in violation of the provisions of subsection (1) of this section and who in a negligent manner causes the death of another or mutilates, disfigures, permanently disables or destroys the tongue, eye, lip, nose or any other member or limb of another shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a felony and shall be committed to the custody of the State Department of Corrections for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) years

Anonymous said...

Tell the family that.

Anonymous said...


This was a private lake. DUI laws don't apply on private property.

Anonymous said...

Alcohol and boats is a bad idea. Alcohol and jet skis is a truly horrible idea.

Anonymous said...

11:06. Having ownership of the bed of a lake does not confer exemption from state or Federal law. But they were from Pearl and Florence, not Robinhood, so public access applies. Stlll gotta register your boat. Still can't operate a jetski drunk. He's got more to worry about with manslaughter (20 years) than BUI-homicide. Unless they do both and sentence consecutively which ain't happening. Miss. owns that water and regulates it. Like it owns deer. And yes the game warden can come on your precious hunting "private" property without a warrant. And, yes, you can get a DUI on "private" property. Note that Beer Drinking Fisherman is his name. Fine. Just don't drive the boat.

Anonymous said...

You gotta love how 12:19 puts 'private' property in quotes. Like it doesn't exist. You want to test how 'private' my property is then come on and trespass on it. And I seriously doubt youre an attorney with any knowledge in the area. Yes, we don't own deer, but we do own property, and I can get as drunk as I damn well please on my farm pond.

Anonymous said...

11:06 -- If you truly believe that, I have some nice oceanfront property in South Jackson I'd like you to have.

Anonymous said...

12:19 is correct. In a state full of hunters, how could anyone not know he's correct?

Anonymous said...

11:06/12:58 -- BUT you CAN NOT get "as drunk as you damn well please on your own farm pond" and kill someone by accident. Moron.

Catch And Release said...

I think the point he was making is that he can get as drunk as he damn well pleases on his farm pond and operate his boat on that pond. That, in itself, does not violate the law that was cited above.

Of course if he strips down within view of the highway, shines a laser at an airliner or injures another person, he could have a day of reckoning.

He can also have relations with farm animals on his private pond as long as he keeps it confidential and assuming none of those animals is classified as 'migratory'.

Jackson said...

I just want to say it was my father who crashed I am Jackson Simpson John Simpsons son and they both were drinking it was just a big misunderstanding they were very good friends.

Anonymous said...

Is there an update to this story?

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