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JPD officer's widow files lawsuit against driver

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Officer Bruce Jacob was killed while picking up debris on Interstate 55 July 20. (Source: Jackson Police Department) Officer Bruce Jacob was killed while picking up debris on Interstate 55 July 20. (Source: Jackson Police Department)
The lawsuit identifies the driver as 22-year-old Elliot Varney of Madison. (Source: Millsaps College) The lawsuit identifies the driver as 22-year-old Elliot Varney of Madison. (Source: Millsaps College)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The widow of a Jackson police officer struck and killed by a motorist on Interstate 55 north July 20 has filed a lawsuit against the motorist.

Police had never released the identity of the driver, but the lawsuit identifies him as 22-year-old Elliot Varney of Madison.

This past year, Varney played baseball at Millsaps College. The college's roster lists him as a junior pitcher who graduated from St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Ridgeland.

Jennifer Jacob filed the wrongful death lawsuit Aug. 29 on behalf of her husband, Bruce Jacob.

Officer Jacob was removing debris from the interstate and putting it into the trunk of his car when he was struck by a vehicle.

The lawsuit alleges Varney disregarded slowing traffic, recklessly sped around to the far right lane and collided with Officer Jacob's squad car.

The lawsuit also claims Varney may have been distracted by the use of a cell phone or other equipment in the car.

Varney's parents, Doug and Judy Varney, are also cited for negligence in the lawsuit.

Varney has never been charged with a crime, but the Hinds County District Attorney's Office confirms Jackson police have referred the case for grand jury consideration.

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