Authorities identify victim in Friday’s fatal hit-and-run

Published 3:10 pm Saturday, April 10, 2021

The Vicksburg Police Department has identified the pedestrian killed Friday in a fatal hit-and-run on U.S. 61 South Friday morning.

The victim, Tanya Hackler, 45, is a resident of Florence. The delay in naming the victim was tied to the department’s efforts in contacting her family.

Also Saturday, the department named the suspect connected to the hit-and-run that happened around 5 a.m. near the Vicksburg Municipal Airport.

The Vicksburg Police Department announced Saturday afternoon that Christopher Deion Rand, 25, was arrested shortly before 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Claiborne County. According to a department release, Rand was taken into custody without incident at a home in Claiborne County by officers with the Port Gibson Police Department and deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office.

Rand is being charged with one count of felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in personal injury or death. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Rand is being held without bond in the Issaquena County Jail until his initial appearance in Vicksburg Municipal Court on Monday.

The incident occurred at around 5 a.m. Friday, and for much of the day, officials searched for a Nissan Titan truck that was involved in the accident. At around 2:30 p.m. Friday, the 2010 dark gray truck that Rand was reportedly driving was found abandoned in the rear of the parking lot at the Dixiana Motel, 4041 Washington St.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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