Man charged in hit-and-run fatal crash of Sumrall firefighters

Published 9:34 am Thursday, March 16, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a driver accused of killing two volunteer firefighters in a hit-and-run in southern Mississippi has been arrested.
Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel told WDAM-TV on Thursday that 31-year-old Chance Eaton is charged with hit-and-run and causing death. He could face more charges in the death of two Sumrall volunteer firefighters who were directing traffic at a dump truck accident before this accident occurred around 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Rigel says the firefighters were hit by a driver who then fled the scene.
Lamar County Coroner Cody Creel identified the victims as 80-year-old Clinton Alvin Beasley and 53-year-old Loretta Ann Sykes. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
Another volunteer firefighter injured in the accident was taken to Forrest General Hospital. His condition is unknown.

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