Mississippi driver arrested after reportedly hitting and killing cyclist, then leaving scene

Published 5:41 am Monday, June 20, 2022

A Mississippi driver accused of hitting a bicyclist and leaving him to die on the road has been arrested, police say.

Timothy J. Best, 58, has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death in connection with an incident in Tupelo on Friday, June 17.

Witnesses report that a Chevy Tahoe struck a cyclist, who was riding or pushing a bike on Briar Ridge Road. The cyclist was transported to a Tupelo hospital, where he later died of his injuries.

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Best, who is suspected of being the driver of the Chevy Tahoe, later that night turned him to authorities.

Bond for Best was set at $100,000.

The identity of the cyclist has not been released.