Crime

Biloxi man faces DUI death charge after 3-vehicle crash on I-10

Michael Joseph Kennedy, 27, was charged with DUI causing death and careless driving.
Michael Joseph Kennedy, 27, was charged with DUI causing death and careless driving.

The driver accused of causing a three-vehicle crash Sunday evening on Interstate 10 now faces a charge of driving under the influence resulting in the death of a 22-year-old man.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol arrested Biloxi resident Michael Joseph Kennedy, 27, of Biloxi after he was taken to a hospital for treatment. The collisions in Pass Christian occurred about 8:50 p.m. near the Menge Avenue exit.

Robert C. Ivey of Gulfport died at the scene of the crash in eastbound lanes of I-10, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. Kennedy was booked at the Harrison County jail at 1:52 a.m. Monday, the jail docket shows.

He was being held on a $250,000 bond.

State troopers also arrested Kennedy on a misdemeanor charge of careless driving. His bond on the misdemeanor is $500.

Ivey, known for helping others and trying to make others happy, had run out of gas and was pouring fuel into the Chevrolet Silverado truck with a trailer he had borrowed from a friend.

The penalty for DUI causing death is five to 25 years in prison.

Felon has prior DUI arrest

Kennedy has a grand larceny conviction from Jackson County. He was held on a probation warrant after his arrest Nov. 1, 2013, on a charge of shoplifting and two counts of trespassing. He was fined on the misdemeanors.

Two months earlier, he was arrested in Harrison County on a contempt charge involving restitution ordered on an unspecified conviction in 2012.

Kennedy also had been arrested on a residential burglary charge in Harrison County in 2013, but a grand jury found insufficient evidence to indict him, the jail docket shows.

Most recently, Kennedy was arrested July 17, 2015, on a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence/refusal of tests. It wasn’t immediately clear Monday if Kennedy was convicted on that charge.

SunHerald.com is working on an updated report.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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