Man accused of manslaughter, jailed on drug charge

Man accused of manslaughter, jailed on drug charge
Jason Backstrom/Photo credit: LCSD
Backstrom was involved in a fatal wreck on April 6, 2015/Photo credit: WDAM
Backstrom was involved in a fatal wreck on April 6, 2015/Photo credit: WDAM

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Lamar County man out on bond for manslaughter in a 2015 fatal wreck is facing criminal charges again.

Jason Michael Backstrom, 36, was arrested Saturday by members of the Lamar County Sheriff's Department after a search warrant was served at a home in Purvis.

"Narcotics officers ran a search warrant on Alexander Road in Purvis and Backstrom was taken into custody," Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said.

Backstrom was charged with possession with intent to distribute meth, and booked into the Lamar County Jail.

In December 2015, Backstrom turned himself into Pearl River County authorities where he was jailed for one count of manslaughter (culpable negligence), which stemmed from an indictment approved by a grand jury.

His bond at the time was set at $20,000.

Backstrom was involved in a fatal wreck on April 6, 2015, at the Springhill Road and Joe Reyer Road intersection, when authorities said he failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a tractor trailer log truck.

"He failed to stop at that stop sign and entered the intersection and the back of his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer log truck that morning around 11:30 a.m.," Pearl River County Chief Deputy Shane Tucker said. "After the impact, the log truck was knocked over with the driver pinned inside and emergency personnel had to extricate the victim."

According to Pearl River County Deputy Coroner Albert Lee, Willie Simmons Jr., 69, of Franklinton, Louisiana, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Backstrom is currently being housed at the Lamar County Jail.