Teen suspected of drag racing on motorcycle thrown from bike in chase, run over by trooper’s vehicle

Published 2:41 pm Monday, March 25, 2019

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.

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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.