Thursday, December 22, 2016

Suspect drives wrong way on I55, kills driver. (Updated)

The Madison Police Department issued the following statements:

(#3) A 2013 Volkswagen Passat was observed by witnesses traveling southbound in the northbound lane of Interstate 55 just south of the Highway 463 exit (behind the Malco Theater).  Other vehicles proceeding northbound on the Interstate took evasive action to avoid the on-coming vehicle.  As the Volkswagen Passat proceeded against traffic and neared the south city limits it collided head-on with a 2016 Nissan Maxima which was proceeding northbound driven by Mr. Busby.  Two other vehicles received collateral damage as a result of the accident.  No drivers or passengers of those vehicles were injured.  There were no other persons in the two colliding vehicles other than the drivers.  The driver of the Volkswagen Passat was identified as Leronnie Joseph Michael, age 32, of Jackson, MS.  He is listed in critical condition at University Medical Center.  As is standard practice in fatality accident investigations, alcohol and drug testing of both drivers is pending.

(#2) The driver killed in the fatality accident Wednesday evening on Interstate 55 in Madison has been identified as Jason Bradley Busby, age 40, of Clinton, MS. The Madison Police Department sends its condolences to Mr. Busby’s family and friends.

Interstate 55 northbound will be closed for approximately 45 minutes at 9:30am so investigators can complete forensic mapping of the accident site. Traffic will be detoured along the Frontage Road from the Colony Crossing exit to the Madison Avenue entrance (behind Sam’s Club)


Kingfish note and Update: Suspect was arrested on January 23 for DUI refusal and careless driving. His case was a pending non-adjudication.  However, the odds are that will be revoked if he is charged with a crime related to this wreck. 

Marshall Ramsey posted this statement on his Facebook page:

Last night, my family was nearly involved in the fatal wrong-way accident on I-55 a mile south of the Madison exit. We were close to, if not, the first car not damaged in the wreck. We came over a small hill and Amy and I saw cars spinning, sparking and flying off the road. Thankfully my Honda Pilot has very good brakes (and I have decent reactions.) I was able to lock it down and get it the hell off the road. Several drivers and I tried to help the victims -- I will not give you details but it was very, very bad. Madison Police were on the scene nearly instantly. Ridgeland PD was too. Madison FD did an amazing job, as did the paramedics. LifeFlight helicopter came in twice to take out the wrong-way driver (who had traveled a mile down the interstate) and the person he hit. Another car missed the head-on driver but ran off the road. Another car was hit. Like I said, it was terrible. A local surgeon was there as was one of the LifeFlight paramedics (who was driving behind me) trying to help. We sat for two hours right next to one of the cars as the first responders worked. We prayed. A lot.


Anonymous said...

Give the driver the death penalty. Sick and tired of scum committing crimes and getting out of jail and hurting and in this case KILLING innocent people

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Marshall was okay. Thank God for that at least. I know it must have been horribly traumatic being there.

Anonymous said...

Guy with that name had a January DUI in Madison.

Anonymous said...

This just tears you apart. I don't know Jason Bradley Busby, but it sounds like he was just traveling on the Interstate like all of us do, when this psycho barreled into him and killed him less than a week before Christmas. I can only imagine he was preparing to spend the weekend with his family, celebrating the holiday.

I know I should have a compassionate heart, but I hope this Leronnie Joseph Michael burns.

Anonymous said...

I peeked at Brad Busby's Facebook page....he would not be amused by how this unfolded.

It looked like he lived life to the fullest in his 40 years.....God speed sir.

Anonymous said...

It is simple. Do not drink and drive. If you have a wreck when you are sober it is an accident. If you are drunk it is a crime.

Anonymous said...

How did the guy have a DUI non-adjudication pending on a refusal. Did not think non-adjudication was an option on refusal - hope his lawyer and the judge are happy with the performance of their professional services now.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully the thug was airlifted second. His life didn't matter anyway.

Anonymous said...

A website needs to be created to expose Lawyers, Judges, & Govt. officals who find loopholes in the Law that puts people like Leronnie Joseph Michael back behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunate that Ramsey used this tragic event to promote himself by making sure to tell us how heroic he was at the scene when he could have simply praised the response of the first responders.

Anonymous said...

You're totally off base, 10:19. He is a great guy and did what all of us hope someone in that position would have done in that situation. Only an idiot would think otherwise.

Anonymous said...

10:19 p.m.

What's your problem with Marshall? Are you jealous because he's talented and you are not????

Anonymous said...

For those that lick MR's boots: don't critique people that aren't enamored by the self promoter. Is there anybody that doesn't promote himself more than MR?

Sure, he can draw...and perhaps give a good speech.

But other than that, he is a no-talent hack that failed in commercial talk radio that had to rely on the benevolence of the benevolence of the Libby-libs at MPR to keep hem gainfully employed.

Anonymous said...

Chris said...

Saw the Maxima this morning on a rollback, never saw a car that bad, Leronnie must've been booking.

Anonymous said...

I am no big fan of Marshall Ramsey. To me, he is too much sugar for a dime and his cartoons have lacked an edge for some time. HOWEVER, there is no reason to bad-mouth him for happening to be at a massive wreck site, doing the right thing by stopping and helping, and then citizen-reporting it on social media so that the rest of us who weren't at the wreck can know more about what happened. He did the right thing in this circumstance, and I hope that I or anyone else would do the exact same thing. (BTW, I'd say Jeff Good is a bigger self-promoter than anyone, including MR).

Anonymous said...

Funny about the "self-promoter" usage... all us experts here are "anonymous.

DWF said...

As a cancer survivor, I'm sure Marshall Ramsey takes every moment of extra time given to him as a gift and a blessing. Almost being in a wreck so horrible is just another time to stop and give thanks for time with his family. Writing and giving information is not only informational, it is therapy for someone in a traumatic situation.

Get off the hate wagon, folks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link 9:42. Did you notice his post from February 2011? The one where he'd just gotten out of jail? His friends asked him what happened and his reply was "guess I had too much to drink ".

Prayers for the Busby family and everyone else traumatized by what was obviously a horrific accident.

Kingfish said...

Not a damn thing wrong with what he wrote. Wreck happened in front of him. He saw someone killed. I guess the internet tough guys can handle that just fine. People wondered what happened as details were sketchy (perfectly understandable) so he wrote a post about it.

But this is Mississippi where we can't stand it when someone is halfway successful. Let two 13 year old girls get published in the NY Times and we have to trash them. Let someone open up a restaurant and become so successful that he opens up two more restaurants and he gets trashed. Mr. Ramsey is a fine cartoonist and has made somewhat of a name for himself as a public speaker as well. Life has thrown him some breakingballs but he has managed to survive and thrive. But because he is not the second coming of Rush Limbaugh or Jack Benny, he must be scum. As stated earlier, this is Mississippi where the best way to get trashed is to succeed.

Sundance Rydr said...

@KF~ HOT DAMN!! OUCH! Tell it like it is! ...

Anonymous said...

When you have the balls to make a living on your own, hollar back.

Ramsey and Good better be self promoting as I give neither of them
a dime. I run my own show and am self promoting as my field is a
feast or famine deal. I have feasted for the last decade and I like it
better than famine any day of the week. Before I started this gig, I quit every job that I did not like as soon as I could. I tried many things and was not successful but kept trying new things. Marshall wasn't a cartoonist his first year of work but tried other things--big deal. I was talking to a wealthy guy one day who was asking some of what I have done in the past and I said I once sold cars, he looked around and said "who hasn't".

Anonymous said...

December 22, 2016 at 3:18 PM

You are right, Brad wouldn't have been amused at all. He had plans for the weekend that never came to pass.

He was a good man and he is missed by friends and family.

Anonymous said...

First off u guys I'm sorry for what happened but Leronnie is my cousin and he has an illness thacaused the wreck nothing to with drinking n driving

Anonymous said...

What was the illness? How is he doing now?

Anonymous said...

Kingfish.....any word on prosecuting this guy?

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