Hit and run kills elderly man on Hwy 90

William Bridges (Photo source: Ocean Springs Police Dept.)
William Bridges (Photo source: Ocean Springs Police Dept.)

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - An Ocean Springs man is under arrest, charged with DUI and Felony Hit and Run after a Friday morning accident that killed an elderly man.

Around 9am, police were called to Highway 90, near Cheryl's Steakhouse, to investigate a hit and run accident. They found Joseph Bartkiewicz, 87, of Ocean Springs lying on the pavement.

An ambulance took Mr. Bartkiewicz to Ocean Springs Hospital. But his injuries were too severe, and he died about seven hours later.

During that time, investigators were busy searching for the person responsible. An orange Dodge Neon was spotted leaving the scene of the accident, and officers found one a short distance away at the Kangaroo, located at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Highway 90.

The driver, 36-year-old William Bridges, was taken into custody. He's currently being held at the Ocean Springs Municipal Jail. Bond has not yet been set.

Investigators tested Bridges' blood alcohol level, and say they're awaiting those results from the Mississippi Crime Lab.

If you saw this accident, or have any information that could help investigators, call the Ocean Springs Police Department at (228) 875-2211.

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