Pedestrian killed in hit-and-run, Mississippi police searching for suspect

Published 7:31 pm Sunday, June 25, 2023

A Mississippi police department has issued a request for information after a man was found dead in a downtown street.

The Hattiesburg Police Department responded to the intersection of Main Street and Front Street Saturday after a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. When officers arrived, they found a male’s body. Police said the vehicle that hit the person left the scene.

The victim was identified by Forrest County Coroner Lisa Klem as Vitaly Drake, 26, of Hattiesburg.

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The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call the Hattiesburg Police Department at 601-545-4971 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.