Picayune man arrested, boy critical after accident - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Picayune man arrested, boy critical after accident

Posted: Updated:
Francis Burge (Photo source: Picayune Police Dept.) Francis Burge (Photo source: Picayune Police Dept.)
PICAYUNE, MS (WLOX) -

An 8-year-old boy riding his bike Wednesday afternoon is in critical condition after he was hit by an SUV, according to Picayune Police.

Picayune Police Department's Assistant Chief Jeremy Magri said the boy was only minutes away from his home when he was struck on Palestine Road, near Greenview Drive around 3:38 p.m.

The man accused of hitting the boy is 52-year-old Francis Burge, of Sollie Smith Road in Carriere. Burge was driving a Chevy Tahoe.

Magri said the victim was attempting to cross the road and may have been on his way to a nearby park.

Burge is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, expired license and no insurance.

"Due to the extent of the boy's injuries, blood was drawn from the driver and sent off to the crime lab for analysis," Magri told WLOX News.

Burge said depending on the results of the analysis, Burge may face additional charges.

The boy was taken to the children's hospital in New Orleans.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Huge alligator snapping turtle set free

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 12:27 PM EDT2014-04-15 16:27:58 GMT
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
    There is good news for an alligator snapping turtle that was rescued from a drainage ditch a week ago. "Snappy," as the rescuers referred to the reptile, has been set free.More >>
  • Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Rural hospital lays off employees, cuts hours to stay afloat

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:05:36 GMT
    Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
    Layoffs. Reduced hours. These are some of the sacrifices a South Mississippi hospital is having to make to keep the doors open. Like many rural hospitals in our state, Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home is struggling.More >>
  • Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Police prepare for another spring break weekend

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:39 AM EDT2014-04-17 04:39:37 GMT
    Barricades and yellow caution tape remain up throughout Gulfport and Biloxi in preparation for another Spring Break weekend. This weekend is a little different though because no one knows how many springMore >>
    The coast is preparing for another weekend of Spring Break festivities. At this point though no one knows exactly what to expect in terms of crowd size. There are several events listed on a Facebook page promoting spring break for April 18th through the 20th including a performance by rapper Lil Boosie.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.