By JB Clark
FULTON – A Fulton teen is charged in the death of Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks Master Sgt. John Collum, who was struck by a vehicle and killed Friday night.
Cody Weaver, 19, is charged with negligent homicide after officials allege he struck Collum while traveling approximately 75 miles per hour on John Rankin Highway.
Collum, 56, of Fulton, was on foot investigating reports of a prowler along the highway around 10 p.m. when officials allege Weaver’s 2002 Nissan Sentra struck him.
Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson said the skid marks in the road are 300 feet long, from the point of impact to the location where the vehicle finally came to a stop.
The road, Dickinson said, is windy and hilly and should be driven at about 35 miles per hour, though there is no posted speed limit since it is a county road. The approximate speed was determined by a Mississippi Highway Patrol accident reconstruction team.
Dickinson said Weaver remained at the scene and was taken into custody. His blood sample was sent to the crime lab in Batesville. His bond was set at $200,000.
Officers are sorting through evidence to see if there are any other factors that would lead to any additional charges.
Collum was a 15-year veteran of the MDWFP and was named the 2012 Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Officer of the Year, placing him at the top of a 17-state area.