UPDATE: Mom charged in second DUI crash, child critically injured

UPDATE: Mom charged in second DUI crash, child critically injured
Darlena Mickel. Source: WDAM
Mom charged in second DUI crash, child critically injured. Source: WDAM
Mom charged in second DUI crash, child critically injured. Source: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg woman involved in a 2009 fatal wreck in the Hub City is behind bars once again.

Darlena Mickel, 34, was arrested late Saturday night and charged with DUI child endangerment and DUI negligence of driver resulting in death or disfigurement after an afternoon wreck that injured four people.

According to Hattiesburg Police Det. Lt. Branden McLemore, the two-vehicle wreck happened just after 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1700 block of Edwards Street.

Hattiesburg fire officials said three people were transported from the Buick SUV that Mickel was driving, and one person from the other vehicle, a Chevy Tahoe.

McLemore said one of those from the Buick was Mickel's 2-year-old son, who was eventually transported to University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and listed in critical condition.

Mickel is currently housed at the Forrest County Jail where she is awaiting her initial appearance.

2009 wreck details & conviction:

Mickel was charged with DUI resulting in death in 2009 after an accident on Highway 49 near West Pine Street that killed 2-year-old Jason Kelly Jr.

That wreck happened September 2, 2009 around 8 a.m., and police said that Mickel was under the influence at the time of the wreck.

Police said the Chevy Suburban Mickel was driving flipped and struck a utility pole, killing Kelly, who was not in a car seat.

Mickel's bond was set at $500,000 for that charge, and during her initial appearance her attorney told Judge Jolly Matthews, "She has realized the magnitude of the crime."

Driver allegedly under the influence, 2-year-old killed

Mickel was indicted in November 2010 for felony driving under the influence-causing death.

According to the indictment, Mickel had as alcohol concentration of .08%, or more in her. Mickel's blood based upon grams of alcohol per one hundred milliliters of blood or grams of alcohol per (210) liters of breath, as shown by a chemical analysis of breath, blood or urine, and at the time when she was operating a vehicle in a negligent manner and as a direct result caused the death of Jason Kelly Jr., 2.

Mickel was convicted in March 2011, and sentenced to 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. It was also ordered that she was to complete the Therapeutic Community Long-Term Alcohol and Drug Program at the department of corrections.

"Should the defendant (Mickel) fail to successfully complete the program, then this court directs that the defendant (Mickel) shall serve the 20 year sentence at MDOC."

Mickel's conviction order details that when she completed the program she was to then serve 3 years in the custody of the MDOC Intensive Supervision House Arrest Program.

The remainder of Mickel's sentence was suspended with that completion and she was placed on Post-Release Supervision for 5 years, of following those terms and conditions.