PRESS RELEASE: Details of Sunday hit and run in Jones County


"Jones County Deputies were dispatched near the 300 block of Hoy Road Sunday in reference to a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian."

The victim, Veronica McLaurin of Jones County, was allegedly carrying her three year old child in her arms when she was struck by a vehicle described as being a white jeep Cherokee.

According to reports, the victim was walking on the shoulder of the road when she and her child were struck by the Jeep Cherokee and as a result the child was tossed approximately 20 feet, said Sheriff Alex Hodge."

Major Don Scott with the Investigative Department added, "Witnesses reported hearing a loud noise and a woman screaming for help and shortly thereafter observed a white Jeep Cherokee pulling into the entrance of Lone Oaks Apartment and later fleeing the scene.

Both mother and child were transported to South Central Regional Medical Center and treated for injuries. The mother was listed in stable condition Sunday and later released and the child was transported to the University Medical Center for more specialized care.

Anyone having information regarding this hit and run is asked to please contact the Jones County Sheriff's Department by dialing (601) 425-3147, Jones County Sheriff's Department website at, or Jones County Crime Stoppers at (601)428-7867.