2 killed as car flees police in northern Mississippi

Mississippi officials are identifying two Tennessee men killed Saturday in a police chase.

Posted: Jul 29, 2019 10:27 AM

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials are identifying two Tennessee men killed Saturday in a police chase.

DeSoto County Coroner Josh Pounders tells local news outlets that Kristopher Ford and Jessie L. White — both 20-year-old residents of Memphis, Tennessee — died after being thrown from a car in Hernando.

Police in Hernando say they tried to stop a Nissan Maxima that had been reported stolen at 4:20 a.m. Saturday when the driver fled. The driver entered Interstate 55 going the wrong way, northbound in the southbound lanes. About a mile later, police say the car struck a guardrail, leaving it mangled.

Other passengers in the Maxima were injured and taken to a hospital, but no one else was hurt.

Hernando police say they continue to investigate.

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