Jo Ann McDonald, 35

Beaumont, Mississippi
December 19, 2003

Agencies: Beaumont Police Department Mississippi | Mississippi Bureau of Investigation

Cause of death: Vehicular

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Family and friends were baffled as to why Charles McDonald fled from an attempted local traffic stop for an obscured license plate. Police chased him down a county road at more than 100 MPH in a straightaway. He lost control on a curve, and crashed. He died in the subsequent fire with his wife Jo Ann McDonald, his stepdaughter Lula Bates, and friend Louie Melton. The family was awarded a $228K for the death of the 9-year-old.

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