MHP trooper indicted in crash that killed MSU track athlete Kaelin Kersh

Lee was given a $5,000 bond.

MHP trooper indicted in crash that killed MSU track athlete Kaelin Kersh
Kyle Lee is indicted for manslaughter - culpable negligence in the crash death of former MSU track athlete Kaelin Kersh; Source: Oktibbeha Co. Jail

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The state trooper who was driving the SUV that crashed into another vehicle, killing a Mississippi State University track athlete, has been indicted.

Kyle Lee was arrested Thursday for the May 2017 incident.

Prosecutors say Lee was driving at speeds up to 99 miles per hour on May 7, 2017.

The crash happened at Highway 182 and Old Mayhew Road, where the speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

Kaelin Kersh was a passenger in the Toyota Corolla that was hit by Lee’s SUV.

Prosecutors say the cruiser did not have on its lights or sirens at the time of the collision.

An Oktibbeha County Grand Jury has indicted Lee. He’s charged with manslaughter - culpable negligence. His bond has been set at $5,000.

The Department of Public Safety has not returned calls to determine if Lee remains on the job.

The Department of Public Safety settled a lawsuit in 2018 with Kersh’s estate, along with two others that were injured in the crash.

District Attorney Scott Colom says the Kersh family requested the case be presented to a grand jury and there be an independent investigation.

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