Gulfport police chief's daughter killed in wreck

By The Associated Press

GULFPORT- A Gulfport man has been charged with DUI causing death related to a traffic accident in which the daughter of Gulfport Police Chief Alan Weatherford was killed.
The accident occurred Tuesday night. Deputy Chief Leonard Papania said Darryl Edward Blappert Jr. was being held Wednesday in the Harrison County jail on a $1 million bond.
County Coroner Gary Hargrove said Deanna Tucker died at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport about six hours after the accident.
Papania said Tucker was struck by a vehicle that left the roadway and collided with a parked car. He said Tucker was loading her small child into the car at the time when she was struck, pinning her between the cars.
The child was unharmed.

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