Suspect who left scene of deadly traffic accident in Prentiss County charged

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

BOONEVILLE – The driver who left the scene of a four-vehicle accident that left one man dead and two injured Wednesday afternoon has been charged by the Booneville Police Department.

Dylan G. King, 20, of 5 C.R. 105, Corinth, was arraigned Thursday afternoon, said Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey. He was charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death – 36-year-old Jason H. McKinney.

He also was charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving injuries – Randle Downs and Luke Ledbetter.

Bond was set at $60,000, and King remained in custody Thursday afternoon, Ramey said. Other charges may be filed pending results from the crime lab, he said, and the case will be presented to the next term of the Prentiss County grand jury.

Friends have reported that Downs, who was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, continues to recover.

Downs is in good condition, according to a NMMC spokesperson.

Funeral arrangements have been set for McKinney with McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at Wheeler High School gym, and the funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, also at Wheeler High School gym.

A memorial fund has been set up for McKinney’s family, and donations may be made at any branch of Farmers & Merchants Bank.

Read more in Friday’s Daily Journal.