Good Samaritan Death Still Under Investigation

DeSoto County, MS) Southaven Police say two people were killed and one critically injured when 70-year-old Ronald Taylor looked away from the road just North of Stateline and Elvis Presley, and hit a telephone pole.

Two witnesses saw him run off the road and stopped to help.

”Struck a telephone pole, left the roadway which left some wires across the road. While someone was coming to help, that person, another vehicle struck the wires and jerked a telephone pole into the good Samaritans,” said Southaven Police Chief Tom Long.

One of those people was 63-year-old Larry Patton to was taken to Baptist DeSoto Hospital where he later died.

Family members tell us his 33-year-old son went to The MED where he remains in critical condition.

There’s still crime scene tape at the scene of the accident.

Family Members still don’t know who hit those wires and that police haven’t been able to find them.

But surveillance cameras from the nearby BP gas station caught several images of the vehicle.

Since the accident happened North of the State Line, Memphis Police took the lead and want to speak with the person driving a large, white SUV in their effort to learn more about the accident.

”Believe it or not, if you do a law enforcement career, you will find these incidents happen more than you believe they do” said Long.

He says it’s good that people stop to help, but we should remember, that when we do, we put ourselves at risk and should use extra care in these situations.

If you know anything about the white SUV or the person driving it last Thursday morning call Memphis Police or Crime Stoppers.

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