Charges pending for suspect in USM accident

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi says campus police have arrested a suspect in Sunday’s hit-and-run accident that left one student injured.

The suspect, held Wednesday at the Forrest County Jail, has not been identified. University Police Chief Bob Hopkins says the suspect will be charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury.

Bob Hopkins says officers used camera footage from the scene of the accident to help identify the suspect, who was interviewed and arrested on Wednesday morning. He says the suspect is not a USM student.

The accident occurred Sunday around 6 p.m. Hopkins says a white SUV struck a student traveling on a bicycle in a crosswalk near the USM parking garage and Century Park residence hall.

Hopkins says the student’s injuries were not life-threatening.