December 31, 2023

Mississippi medic killed in apparent DUI accident in Alabama Identified

Therese Apel

A Mississippi medic has died in the line of duty after stopping to help the victims of a car accident.

A man who officials say has been arrested multiple times for DUI is charged with manslaughter in the death of Emergency Medical Technician Mary “Katie” Pipkins, who was employed with ASAP Ambulance out of Meridian.

“We are heartbroken by the loss of such a beautiful soul,” said ASAP Operations Manager Rusty Hembree in a release Sunday. “Miss Pipkins was a hero in every way.”

According to a release from Mobile police, around 6:45 Saturday night there was a wreck at the intersection of Shelton Beach Road around 6:45 p.m. The Mississippi ambulance, which was enroute home from a previous call, stopped to help, police said.

A vehicle driven by Michael Thomas, 35, collided with the vehicles in the first accident and hit one of the drivers and the ASAP medic, a 30-year-old woman. The driver, 28, was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries, but the medic was pronounced dead on the scene.

“Miss Pipkins set a standard in EMS for others to follow. Her love and compassion knew no bounds,” Hembree said. “She was an inspiration to her fellow coworkers and everyone that knew her. She cared deeply for each person she encountered while serving her community.”

Thomas, according to police, exhibited signs of impairment. He has been arrested and is charged with felony DUI, manslaughter, and assault.

WKRG in Mobile reports that jail records show Thomas has been booked for DUI at least four times since 2010.

“We would like to humbly ask for prayers for her family and our staff as we all mourn her loss with heavy hearts,” Hembree said. “Rest easy, Katie. We have the watch from here.”

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