Driver faces charges in motorcyclists’ death

OXFORD – A Tishomingo man faces DUI manslaughter charges in connection with the death of two motorcyclists on the Natchez Trace.

Donnie Sartain, 49, of Tishomingo, was formally charged with DUI in Oxford’s U.S. District Court for North Mississippi Thursday and had his bond set at $10,000. He was released from the Lafayette County Jail on bond Friday.

The charges stem from a Wednesday afternoon wreck on the Natchez Trace in which Gerard Nasult and Pauline Demeres, both 56, of Sherbrooke, Quebec, were killed when the motorcycle they were riding collided with Sartain’s truck around 4:15 p.m.

Natchez Trace Parkway Chief Ranger Sarah Davis said additional charges are pending as they continue to investigate the accident, which happened near milepost 289 north of the Pharr Mounds in Prentiss County.