Crime

He crashed into 2 cars and fled on foot, D'Iberville cops say. 1 person is in critical condition.

William Barney Lee
William Barney Lee D'Iberville police

Four people were taken to an area hospital with varying levels of injuries Friday afternoon after a hit-and-run in D'Iberville that involved three different vehicles.

D'Iberville police responded to a crash at 1:25 p.m. on I-110 Southbound near the Rodriguez Street ramp.

A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado crashed into the rear of a 2016 Chevrolet Sonic and then immediately hit the rear driver's side of a Hyundai Sonata, Chief Wayne Payne said in a release. The driver of the Silverado, later identified as 48-year-old William Barney Lee of Mobile, Alabama, exited the vehicle and fled on foot but the occupants of the Sonata chased the driver under the I-110 bridge and cornered him against a fence, where he gave up until police arrived, Sgt. Marty Griffin said.

The driver of the Sonic was taken by American Medical Response to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition, Payne said. The occupants of the Sonata were also taken by AMR to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Payne said. Lee also suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital before being released into police custody, Payne said.

Lee was arrested on a charge of felony leaving the scene of an accident causing serious bodily injury. He's being held at the Harrison County jail in lieu of a $500,000 bond set by Harrison County Justice Court Judge Albert Fountain, pending an initial appearance.

Griffin said it's unclear why Lee ran from the crash and the incident is still under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact D'Iberville Police at 228-396-4252 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-877-787-5898 or mscoastcrimestopers.com.



Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2326, @patrickochs
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