Sheriff: Driver cleared in reported hit-and-run

Sheriff: Driver cleared in reported hit-and-run
Sheriff Danny Rigel said deputies have talked with the people involved and determined the incident was not a hit-and-run. (Source: Ashley Jackson)

LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. (WDAM) - Authorities in Lamar County have called off the search for a pickup truck that deputies initially believed was involved in a hit-and-run Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff Danny Rigel said deputies have talked with the people involved and determined the incident was not a hit-and-run.

The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office asked for help from the community to find the truck after receiving reports that the driver hit an 8-year-old boy on Wildwood Trail and left the scene. Rigel said family members took the boy to the hospital as a precaution, but he was not injured.

After further investigation, Rigel said deputies found out the truck did not hit the boy, but rather the boy had run into the side of the truck while riding his bike.

According to Rigel, the driver said they did not know the boy had run into the truck, and that’s why they drove away from the scene. Rigel said the driver knew the boy’s family and returned later that day to explain what had happened.

Rigel said the driver will not face criminal charges.

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