The suspect in the crash that killed the 30-year-old paramedic had four other drunk-driving arrests dating back to 2010, according to mobile jail records.
Michael Ladell Thomas is charged with felony manslaughter and DUI after police say the vehicle he was driving while impaired struck and killed an emergency worker and injured another woman. It was done.
According to Mobile Police, the incident began around 6:45 p.m. Saturday when a vehicle collided with the rear of another vehicle towing a utility trailer on Moffett Road near Shelton Beach Road.
The paramedic, identified as Mary “Katie” Pipkins of Leakesville, Mississippi, was in an ASAP Ambulance from Mississippi returning from another medical call when she was involved in a two-vehicle crash. The vehicle was stopped to provide assistance.
Police said Pipkins and the female driver of one of the vehicles involved were struck by Thomas’ vehicle. Pipkins was pronounced dead at the scene, and the other woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Troopers at the scene said Thomas was showing signs of impairment at the scene.
Thomas’ previous DUI arrests include an October 2020 arrest for leaving the scene of an accident. Information about the outcome of those DUI cases was not immediately available, but court records show that Thomas was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2011 for disarming a man, with 15 years suspended. It has been known.
In 2019, he served one year in prison for robbery and possession of a controlled substance.
Pipkins is from Leakesville, graduated from Greene County High School and attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, according to her Facebook profile. She also worked at Greene County Hospital.
Family and friends paid tribute to the young doctor on social media.
Pipkins’ sister, Kathy Pipkins Stinson, wrote, “She loved hard and did everything she could to help anyone.” “She had such a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh. I could never be serious in her presence and was always giggling. But on December 30, 2023, I was free to My laughter stopped when a man who had no right to become one made the choice to get behind the wheel and murder my sister while she was doing what she loved and helping someone else.”
Co-worker Matt Amick, a former fire chief in Lucydale, Michigan, remembered Pipkins as a dear friend, adding that he only jokingly called her “Martha.”
“Her bubbly personality and smile were contagious,” Amick wrote. “God has blessed me by sending me the friend I needed. ‘Martha’ is one of my truest best friends and a proverbial friend who helped ease the monotony of long shifts. He was also my partner in crime who stirred the pot.
“No matter how I felt, no matter how anti-social I wanted to be, “Martha” was always a shining star in my life. Her smile was definitely one of my favorites. You brightened the day. Without Martha to brighten things up, the days would be a little darker. Rest well. I love you and I will miss you my friend. ”