Driver, hit and run victim in Caruthersville identified

Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:44 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 7:04 AM CDT
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CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - A body found near the recreation center in Caruthersville is believed to be the victim of a hit and run.

Caruthersville Police Chief Tony Jones said kids found a body in a ditch near the recreation center around 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 31.

He said they believe the man died in a hit and run that happened in the early morning hours on Saturday.

Debris from a vehicle was found on the roadway.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) crash report, 39-year-old Willie T. Campbell was walking in the road on 15th Street, at the Truman Boulevard intersection, when he was hit by an SUV at approximately 8:22 p.m. on Friday.

MSHP reports the driver of the SUV, 30-year-old Nicholas L. Womble, left the scene of the crash.

Chief Jones said Womble was later arrested for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a death.

Womble was booked into the Pemiscot County Jail and is being held without bond.

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