Suspect found in fatal hit and run accident

Published 8:34 pm Friday, January 20, 2017

A Port Gibson man is accused of the Thursday night hit-and-run death of a Vicksburg man, according to a press release from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Agents with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation assisted by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Warren County sheriff’s deputies Friday afternoon arrested Kella Maurice Jones, 25, 210 Mulberry St., Port Gibson, on a charge of felony leaving the scene of an accident which causes death in the death of Ricky Smith, 22. Jones was being held without bail in the Warren County Jail pending an initial appearance.

Smith was struck and killed by a car about 10 p.m. Thursday in the southbound lane of U.S. 61 South near Jeff Davis Road across from Yokena Presbyterian Church. He was declared dead at the scene by Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey. An autopsy was requested, Huskey said.

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Trooper Eric Henry, public affairs officer for the MHP, said officials responded to an emergency call where they found Smith lying in the middle of U.S. 61 South.

He said it was determined he had been struck by a vehicle and the vehicle had left the scene. Henry said there were no witnesses to the accident.

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John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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