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Jackson & New Orleans Workers' Compensation / Blog / Personal Injury / Mississippi Teen Receives Sentence for Killing Nurse in Drunk Driving Car Accident

Mississippi Teen Receives Sentence for Killing Nurse in Drunk Driving Car Accident


A Mississippi teen from Rankin County has been sentenced in connection with a horrific drunk driving car accident that left one woman dead. According to local news reports, Mississippi WLBT 3, Colby James Tackett was sentenced to 25 years – the maximum sentence for the drunk driving killing—and he will spend 15 years behind bars in prison, with 10 years suspended with supervised probation. Tackett was just 17 years old when the fatal drunk driving car accident occurred. He had also been arrested just two weeks before he decided to get behind the wheel while intoxicated once again. In October, 2022, Tackett killed Beverly Luckett, a nurse and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) advocate who was 62 years old at the time of her death. The accident occurred when the intoxicated Tackett swerved into Luckett’s traffic lane, and collided with her vehicle head-on. Tuckett had a .131 blood alcohol level at the time of the accident (Mississippi’s legal blood alcohol limit is only .08).

Tackett apparently pleaded guilty to the charges against him, which consisted of aggravated drunk driving under the influence resulting in the death of Luckett. Madison/Rankin County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett said of the tragic case, “This is a heart-wrenching case. The Luckett family lost the matriarch of their family in a preventable tragedy…It was not lost on anyone that Mr. Tackett should have received the proverbial wake-up call when he was arrested for underage drinking a mere 13 days before.”

Legal Rights and Options for Victims of Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Mississippi

Tuckett’s young age and lengthy sentence, and the tragic death of a M.A.D.D.  advocate, nurse, and beloved family member all underscore the terrible consequences of drunk driving. Beverly Luckett’s tragic and untimely death also further proves that drunk driving car accidents can and do happen in Mississippi, and anyone can be a victim. Fortunately, under Mississippi personal injury laws, victims of drunk driving car accidents in Mississippi may be entitled to compensation for their injuries and losses. In order to determine whether you may have a claim for compensation for your drunk driving car accident injuries in Mississippi, it is best to speak with an experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a serious car accident occurs.

Legal Assistance with Drunk Driving Car Accident Personal Injury Claims in Mississippi

If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in Mississippi, and you are interested in finding out about your rights and options to compensation, contact the experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers at the law firm Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC. The experienced Mississippi personal injury lawyers at Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC are here to help Mississippi drunk driving accident victims get justice for their losses and injuries. There is a limited time to file a claim in Mississippi, so do not hesitate to speak to a lawyer now. Contact Lunsford Baskin & Priebe, PLLC today and learn about your rights and options now.



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