Third person arrested in-connection with fatal Gulfport hit-and-run
GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - Authorities arrested a third person in-connection with the fatal hit-and-run motorcycle crash that left two people dead last week. However, police say they are still looking for the second vehicle that was involved in the deadly crash.
Gulfport Police arrested a 39-year-old man on Wednesday and charged him with one count of hindering prosecution, which is a misdemeanor.
Earlier in the week, authorities arrested 25-year-old Taylor Marie Habina. Police say she was driving the newer model Dodge Ram 1500 that authorities released photos of last week. The day after her arrest, 46-year-old Jason Christopher Smith was also arrested in connection to the crime. Gulfport Police say Smith was a passenger in the truck that Habina was driving.
It was just after 1 a.m. on May 29, 2021, when the motorcycle was hit near Lorraine Road and Intraplex Highway, said police. When officers arrived, police say they found 43-year-old Jason Stone of Perkinston and 42-year-old Cassie Bowman of Biloxi dead in the northbound lane of Lorraine Road.
The motorcycle the pair were on was located further north in the roadway, leading investigators to determine that the victims were dragged after being hit.
Gulfport Police are still asking for the public’s help to locate a dark-colored SUV. It’s possible that it has recent front end damage to it, said authorities. Photos of the SUV are dark and grainy but police say the vehicle appears to have dark-colored rims.
Habina is charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing death. Her bond was set at $75,000. Smith was charged with one count of accessory after the fact and one count of tampering with physical evidence. His bond was set at $100,000. Both suspects were taken to Harrison County Jail to be booked.
Anyone who has information about the SUV or the accident that could help authorities is asked to contact Gulfport Police Department at 228-868-5959 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.
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