Ashlee Sierra Sims, a Mississippi woman, recorded her own death after trying to retrieve her phone on I-55 in Jackson. According to news station WLBT, the Jackson Police Department is investigating the incident, which took place at around 9 p.m. on July 28.
Heavy has contacted Jackson police for further details.
Ashlee Sims’ family reached out to Heavy with further comment. They wish to clarify her death was not suicide, and Sims did not intentionally record her death, but rather, her death occurred as an unfortunate accident while she was trying to retrieve the cellphone.
According to the WLBT report, Sims was streaming on Facebook Live when her phone fell out of the window of the car she was in on the I-55 South near Briarwood Drive in Hinds County.
When she exited the car to retrieve the phone, she was fatally struck by another vehicle.
The video, which has been viewed nearly a million times, is available here. Viewer discretion is advised.
Here’s what you need to know:
Sims Can Be Heard Saying She Is ‘Drunk as a Motherf*****’ in the Video
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Sims is singing and rapping to the song “Goin Straight In” by rapper Finese2tymes in the video clip, until the phone suddenly falls into the street. It is not clear who is driving the vehicle, but Jackson Police Department Public Information Officer Sam Brown told Heavy via email that Sims was not the driver. Jackson Police have not yet provided Heavy with the incident report.
The lyrics of the song include, “You playing Russian roulette … / Whoever thought I was next / Social media a mess.”
In the video at around 3:37, Sims can be heard saying she is “drunk as a motherf*****.”
After the phone hits the road, the clip continues for another five minutes and eventually the ‘Find My iPhone’ app alarm is heard. About one minute from the end of the video, a scream and thump can be heard, followed by screeching tires, car horns and repeated screams until the video ends. A GoFundMe campaign set up to raise money for Sims’ burial indicates she was run over and dragged down the highway.
Sims Was a Mother of 2, According to Her Facebook Page
Sims’ Facebook page says she was originally from Chicago but was based in Jackson, Mississippi.
The Facebook Live video is still on her account, which has been memorialized as “Remembering Ashlee Sierra Sims.”
Her Facebook bio reads, “MommyOf2, HALF BLK HALF SAVAGE. I CANT RELATE TO THE FAKE !!!”
She used a frame for one of her Facebook pictures that says, “I can’t stay home. I’m an essential worker.”
Her Facebook page includes pictures of her children with “I love my kids” frames and posts about her children’s upcoming birthdays.
In one post she states her children were born on the 4th and 27th of August respectively.
On July 28 she discussed an upcoming Spiderman and unicorn party she was planning for her children, writing “Ashton And Zari 5th & 7th BIRTHDAY PARTY GONE BE LITTY!!! I TOLD YALL MAMA GOT YALL FOREVER ♾ 2PARTIES IN 1 HELL YEAHHHHH ITS UPPPPPPPP! THE UNICORNS & SPIDER-MANS ARE IN FULL AFFECT.”
She also posted pictures from family events including her cousin’s baby shower. “Big Shout To My Sister Shetogie Sims For Decorating FOR MY LIL COUSIN BABY COUSIN SHOWER Soufside Bri !!! ITS BEAUTIFUL AF”
In another post from July, Sims wrote, “I’m Here Physically But My Mind Is Stuck & ELSE WHERE! MAN BEHIND THIS SMILE IS ANGER , RAGE, HURT,FRUSTRATION,EMPTINESS & IM NOT ALRIGHT. I JUST NEED YOU LORD!”
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article reported that Ashlee Sierra Sims appeared to be in the driver’s seat of the moving vehicle in her Facebook Live video. Following publication, Jackson Police Department Public Information Officer Sam Brown told Heavy via email that Sims was not the driver. We removed the wrong information and replaced it with Brown’s statement.