Hit & Run fatality in Jones County

Jones Co. (WDAM) -  A 22 year old Moselle man walking in the middle of the road Monday night around 9:15pm was struck and killed on Hwy 29 in Ellisville by an unidentified driver who fled before authorities arrived on scene.

Sheriff Alex Hodge identified the victim as 22 year old Darron W. Carpenter, Jr. of Moselle.

An investigation into this accident revealed that the driver of the vehicle stopped at the 1500 block of Hwy 29 South and asked the homeowner if someone had left the residence walking because he believes that someone had been hit by a vehicle .

Witnesses identified the driver as being a white male in his early 30's or 40's; having gray hair, clean shaven, and small in stature. The passenger in the car is described as being a female in her late 20's or 30's, having reddish-blonde curly hair, with medium build.

"Sergeant John Smith with the Investigations Division commented by saying, "At this time details of the accident are sketchy but we are asking for the public's assistance in searching for the vehicle described as a late 90's to early 2000 GMC or Ford full size pick-up truck, maroon or red in color, with the tag turned backwards. The vehicle also had unique shaped rear lights with black stripes.

Hodge added, "The Jones County Sheriff's Department Investigators with the assistance of Mississippi Bureau of Investigations are searching for the person or persons involved in this tragic accident. Anyone having any information regarding this accident is asked to please call the Jones County Sheriff's Department at (601) 425-3147, Jones County Crime Stoppers at (601) 428-7867 or you may leave a tip on our website at www.jonesso.com.