Teen arrested after hit-and-run kills two in Pearl River County

Teen arrested after hit-and-run kills two in Pearl River County
(Source: MGN Online)

PEARL RIVER COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - A teenager has been arrested in connection to a fatal wreck in Pearl River County over the weekend.

Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle/pedestrian collision around 7:09 a.m. Saturday on Highway 43 near Burnt Bridge Road.

Authorities said it appeared a 2014 GMC Terrain was traveling south when it crashed into three juveniles that were walking in the southbound lane of Highway 43.

Two of the juveniles, 13-year-old Gavin Bennet and 17-year-old Brandon Heidel, were pronounced dead at the scene.

The other pedestrian, 16-year-old Brycen Bennett, was taken to Highland Community Hospital with minor injuries.

The driver of the vehicle left the scene for over an hour. The driver, 18-year-old Jarron Petties, returned to the scene and was taken into custody and charged with two counts of felony accident leaving the scene with injury and death.

The investigation is ongoing.

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