BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers is now offering a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a recent hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian. The incident happened July 1 at Reynoir Street and Howard Avenue.
"Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $5,000, payable in cash, to the tipster who leads investigators to the person or persons responsible for the July 1 hit-and-run," said Lori Massey, with Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers.
According to officials, someone driving a four-door, black Toyota Tundra hit a 47-year-old woman. The suspect was last seen driving north of Reynoir Street shortly before 3:30 p.m. Markings on the roadway near the intersection show where the victim was struck.
The victim was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries and is still listed in critical condition.
The truck is described as a 2001 Toyota Tundra pickup truck with tinted windows, a silver push bumper and rear bumper, stock rims, and black window vent visors. The vehicle may have damage to the right front bumper and right front quarter panel. Investigators say finding that truck will be critical.
"Absolutely. As soon as we can identify the vehicle, hopefully we'll identify the driver and then resolve the issue," said Lt. Chris DeBack, with the Biloxi Police Department.
Police say the person behind the wheel who left the scene that day has still not been identified.
Anyone with information about the accident or a possible suspect is asked to contact the Biloxi Police Department at 228-392-0641, or the Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898. Note: The tip must come through Crime Stoppers if you want to receive the reward.
The reward is being offered by a private citizen. Massey said she could only think of one other instance in which a sizable donation came from an anonymous donor to help solve a crime. It's obvious, she says, that someone loves this woman very much.
"Be a nosy neighbor, notice the vehicles around you and in parking lots or in traffic. If a vehicle fits the description, get the tag number and call Crime Stoppers," Massey said.