Updated: McCool man charged with manslaughter in weekend hit-and-run


Update: The Attala County Sheriff’s office has made an arrest in connection with a weekend hit-and-run accident that killed a Louisville woman.

Sheriff Tim Nail says 50-year-old Richard Ford Jr. of McCool has been arrested and charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident.

Nail said authorities were led to Ford by a number of tips, including an anonymous call that brought attention to a truck on his Facebook page. Investigators Mark Hill and Scott Chunn arrested Ford at his home Sunday around 5:00 pm.

Ford is accused of running over 20-year-old Bethany White in the parking lot of Peewee’s Store, located on the Attala/Choctaw County line.

Witnesses at the scene said that prior to the incident in the parking lot, the two had been arguing.

According to Nail, White had been living with Ford at the time of the incident.

Ford is currently in the Leake County Jail awaiting his first court appearance Tuesday, July 31.

Sheriff Tim Nail would like to thank the Choctaw, Winston, and Webster sheriff’s departments, the Louisville Police Department, and Tommy Pender with the Kosciusko Police Department for their help in the investigation.


7/29: A Louisville woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident Saturday in eastern Attala County.

Attala County coroner Sam Bell tells Breezy News that 20-year-old Bethany M. White of Louisville was pronounced dead on scene at 3:35 pm.

The hit-and-run took place in the parking lot of a convenience store near the Attala/Choctaw County line.

White was walking in the parking lot of the store when she was hit by a white Dodge dually truck. The truck then left the scene and drove into Choctaw County.

Attala County Sheriff Tim Nail said the truck was driven by a white male approximately 50-years-old. The truck has a heavy duty bumper and there was a dog in the back at the time of the accident.

Nail said investigators are currently reviewing security footage from the store and will release images of the truck soon.

Anyone with information is asked to called the Attala County Sheriff’s Office at 662-289-5141 or CrimeStoppers 601-355-TIPS.

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