Mississippi motorcyclist dies after hit by state trooper

A central Mississippi motorcyclist has died after he hit a sheriff's cruiser, was thrown onto the road, and was then hit by a Mississippi Highway Patrol vehicle.

Posted: Mar. 25, 2019 11:17 AM
Updated: Mar. 25, 2019 4:29 PM

YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) — A central Mississippi motorcyclist has died after he hit a sheriff's cruiser, was thrown onto the road, and was then hit by a Mississippi Highway Patrol vehicle.

Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Kervin Stewart says 19-year-old Justin Collins of Benton died in Yazoo City Sunday night before he could be taken to a hospital.

Stewart says a chase began about 11:15 p.m. when Yazoo County sheriff's deputies were called regarding motorcycles drag racing on Mississippi 149 just west of Yazoo City. Three motorcyclists sped away with deputies pursuing them. As the high-speed chase entered Yazoo City, a deputy and Collins collided and Collins was thrown from his bike onto the road. A vehicle driven by a trooper involved in the chase then hit Collins.

Stewart says the Highway Patrol is investigating.

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