OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A pickup truck struck two University of Mississippi students in a parking lot in downtown Oxford, killing one and injuring the other, police said.
Two suspects, both from Collierville, Tennessee, were arrested Monday in the crash, which happened early Sunday, authorities said.
Tristan Holland, 18, was arrested Sunday in Shelby County, Tennessee, on complicity in the act. Oxford police say he will be extradited to Oxford.
Seth Rokitka, 24, was taken into custody Monday after investigators found his wrecked truck in Marshall County, Mississippi, between Oxford and Collierville.
The Oxford Police Department said Rokitka was charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of aggravated DUI. He is also charged with violating the duties of a driver involved in an accident resulting in death or injury. He appeared before a judge who set a $1 million bail.
The Associated Press left a phone message for Rokitka’s attorney on Monday.
It was not immediately clear whether Holland had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf.
Oxford Police said the department received an emergency call after 1 a.m. Sunday from passers-by who saw two injured people in the parking lot behind City Hall. The plot is located near the town square, near several bars and restaurants.
Oxford was busy on Saturday due to the home football match between Ole Miss and Auburn.
Mayor Robyn Tannehill said: the student who died was 21-year-old Walker Fielder from Madison, Mississippi. Fielder graduated from Jackson Academy in Jackson, Mississippi in 2020.
The injured student was taken to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Oxford police told WRAL TV that she is 20-year-old Blanche Williamson of Raleigh, North Carolina. Williamson graduated from Episcopal High School, a boarding school in Virginia.
“Oxford is a community that offers comfort to those who need comfort,” Tannehill wrote on Facebook on Sunday. “Maybe it’s from practice and times of trials that we wish we could pray away from, but nevertheless Oxford always comes up when the going gets tough and when people need us. These two families need us. They need our prayers.”
Oxford police said on Monday that Rokitka and Holland did not interact with either victims before being hit by the truck, and that there was no fighting or altercation. Police also said Rokitka and Holland did not provide assistance or call 911.
The chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Glenn Boyce, said in an email to faculty, staff and students that the two suspects have no ties to the university.
“It is a painful and disturbing development for our campus community, and understandably emotions are high with many unanswered questions about what happened,” Boyce wrote.
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