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UPDATE: Arrest made for fatal hit-and-run in Tupelo

Tyler Jernigan faces the charge in connection to the Dec. 20, 2018, death of Brandi Oliver, 42.

Posted: Jan. 9, 2019 1:24 PM
Updated: Jan. 10, 2019 9:33 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A 19-year-old from Nettleton is charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in the December death of a woman in Tupelo.

Tyler Jernigan faces the charge in connection to the Dec. 20, 2018, death of Brandi Oliver, 42, of Birmingham, Alabama.

Jernigan's lawyer, Tony Farese tells WTVA the driver was in the rain the night of the incident and thought he hit a deer. Farese commented that the 19-year-old reported the damage to his relatives.

The suspect later turned himself in.

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Oliver was found dead that night on North Front Street after apparently being struck by a car.

Capt. Chuck McDougald with the Tupelo Police Department says Jernigan contacted investigators through legal counsel wishing to make a statement about the incident.

He was taken into custody yesterday, Jan. 8.

This case will be presented to a Lee County grand jury.

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