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Pedestrian killed by SUV while crossing Mississippi highway

Police say they may file criminal charges against the driver of an SUV that fatally struck a pedestrian on a Mississippi highway.

Posted: Nov 13, 2017 8:34 AM

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Police say they may file criminal charges against the driver of an SUV that fatally struck a pedestrian on a Mississippi highway.

The Natchez Democrat reports 31-year-old Meagan Gunter-Smith was killed late Saturday while walking near a Walmart store.

Natchez Police Chief Walter Armstrong said investigators suspect alcohol may be a factor in the deadly collision. Armstrong said police were "probably going to end up levying some charges" in the case.

The police chief said the driver of the SUV pulled over and parked in the lot outside a nearby Walmart store after the woman was struck. The driver, whose name was not released, was not immediately arrested or charged.

The victim's father, Barry Gunter, said his daughter had four children and was known for her "heart of gold."

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