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Alcohol cited in wreck that claims life of 11-year-old

May 23, 2011

By COLLEEN MCCARTHY
sdnreporter@yahoo.com

A child has died following an accident on Oktoc Road near Chapel Hill Road Saturday afternoon.
The driver of the vehicle, Curtis Lee Chandler, 42, of 18 Canal Street, Starkville, lost control of his 1995 Toyota 4-Runner when it ran off the road and rolled several times. Two juveniles were ejected from the vehicle, neither were wearing seat belts. Sylvester Gandy Jr., 11, was pronounced dead at Oktibbeha County Hospital as a result of his injuries, according to Chief Deputy George Carrithers.
The other juvenile,12, and Angelia Gandy, 39, were flown to the University Medical Center in Jackson where they are reported to be in critical condition. A third juvenile, 15, was treated at OCH Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.
“The driver of the vehicle has been arrested. He is being charged with four counts of aggravated DUI,” Carrithers said. “He is also being charged with leaving the scene of the accident with injuries, and DUI third.”
With a third charge of driving under the influence in Mississippi, Chandler could face one to five years in prison, a fine between $2,000 and $5,000, driver’s license suspension of five years, vehicle seizure and could be required to attend an alcohol abuse program, among other penalties.
According to Mississippi law, each charge of aggravated DUI will carry a sentence of no less than five years, with a maximum of 25 years. Leaving the scene of an accident with injuries carries a minimum of 30 days in jail and/or a fine or $100, with a maximum of one year and/or a fine of $5,000.
Chandler is held at Oktibbeha County Jail. His bond is set at $110,000. All three juveniles involved in the accident were his step-children.

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