Lincoln County couple on horseback struck by SUV during search for missing child

Published 1:33 pm Monday, February 12, 2024

A Lincoln County couple was injured Sunday afternoon while riding horses when a vehicle struck them on Hwy. 51 N in near Martinsville in Copiah County.

Ruth couple Brent and Shameka Boyd were on horseback Sunday as part of the multi-agency effort to locate missing Wesson 6-year-old Caden Newman. Newman had been missing since Saturday afternoon, and was located and returned home safely Sunday afternoon.

As part of a coordinated effort between the Copiah County Sheriff’s Office and OTHER, volunteers were asked to help with the search, including those who could provide and ride horses. The Boyds volunteered.

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At approximately 6:30 p.m., a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox collided with the horses on the highway, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol Troop C Trooper First Class Darnika Mayfield.

The SUV, driven by 34-year-old Justin Durr of Brookhaven, was traveling north on Hwy. 51 when it struck the horses ridden by 41-year-old Brent and 40-year-old Shameka Boyd.

The horses suffered fatal injuries, and all three people were injured. The three were transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for treatment. A family member shared on Facebook Monday that both Boyds had suffered spinal fractures, and fractured left ankles.

The crash remains under investigation by MHP.