Madison driver charged in deadly 2018 motorcycle accident

DeVault has remained free since the accident, until his arrest earlier this week.

Madison driver charged in deadly 2018 motorcycle accident
22-year-old James Kirby DeVault; Source: Madison Co. SO (Source: 22-year-old James Kirby DeVault; Madison Co. SO)

MADISON, Miss. (WLBT) - A grand jury has indicted a Madison driver, nearly 15 months after a deadly crash on Highway 463.

22-year-old James Kirby DeVault is now in the Madison County Jail, facing one count of DUI and two counts of Culpable Negligence Manslaughter.

He’s expected to appear in court Friday, where he will be formally served with the indictment.

According to the police report, DeVault was driving his pickup truck on Highway 463 near Old Mannsdale Road on July 28, 2018, when he drifted into oncoming traffic and struck four cyclists, killing two.

Through a public records request, 3 On Your Side obtained the incident report from the Madison Police Department, which sheds some light on the driver’s actions.

“He was heading west on Highway 463 when he looked down to grab his phone to call his dad,” the report states. “[Redacted] then stated he heard a loud boom noice (sic) which threw him to the floorboard.”

One of the Madison police investigators said the driver did not know what he had hit until he got out of the truck and “saw total mayhem behind him.”

Two of the bikers, identified as Jack Harper and Robert Lenoir, were killed. The two others were injured.

DeVault has remained free since the accident until his arrest earlier this week.

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