PEARL, MS (WLBT) - According to the Pearl police department, Pearl Pirate “Benny” was struck while riding his bike around 6:00 p.m. Saturday near 2527 Old Brandon Road.
Around 9:00 p.m. Pearl police posted that the suspect is now in custody. He has been identified as 47-year-old Jerry Dann Freeman of Louisa Street.
He was taken into custody within three hours of hitting Pearl Pirate Benny.
Freeman was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and no proof of insurance. He will appear in court next week for his preliminary hearing.
Pearl Police Department said this about the victim; “The victim is a beloved member of our community and a huge supporter of Pirate Athletics and really the community as a whole. We will remain praying for him and his family in the days ahead as he recovers from his injuries.”
Police say he was responsive and his injuries are non-life threatening. Benny was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
Benny was able to tell police that a “blue van with glass panels on the back doors” ran into him while he was on his bike.
He said after he was hit, the van sped off going east on Old Brandon Road.
The Pearl Police Department made a GoFundMe account to help purchase Benny a new bicycle.
If you want to donate, please CLICK HERE.