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Officials identify driver they said fled after hitting and killing a Gulfport man

Tyler Dwain Clemons, 27, of Diamondhead, has been indicted on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident that killed pedestrian Kenneth L. Jones in Gulfport in November 2017. Jones was struck while walking on U.S. 49 just north of Airport Road.
Tyler Dwain Clemons, 27, of Diamondhead, has been indicted on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident that killed pedestrian Kenneth L. Jones in Gulfport in November 2017. Jones was struck while walking on U.S. 49 just north of Airport Road. Harrison County Adult Detention Center

Officials have identified the pedestrian who died in a hit-and-and run early Sunday and the driver suspected of hitting the man.

Kenneth L. Jones, 64, of Gulfport, died at the scene of blunt force trauma, Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove said.

Jones was struck while walking at U.S. 49 and Airport Road shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Hargrove said.

Police arrested Tyler Dwain Clemons, 26, of Diamondhead, later Sunday after he turned himself in, Gulfport Police Sgt. Clayton Fulks said. Clemons faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Police responded to the scene at 2:38 a.m. and learned the Trailblazer had headed north on Three Rivers Road toward Creosote Road, Fulks said.

Detectives obtained video surveillance that showed a picture of the suspect vehicle, which is registered to an address in Hancock County, Fulks said.

Police released a picture to the media of the maroon Chevrolet Trailblazer that reportedly struck Jones.

Clemons turned himself in about 11:45 a.m. and told police he was involved in the accident, Fulks said.

Clemons was booked at the Gulfport Police Department and taken to the Harrison County jail. He was held on a $100,000 bond set by Gulfport Municipal Court Judge Fant Walker.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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