Police arrest man accused of running over 6 people, leaving 4 injured and 1 dead

Police arrest man accused of running over 6 people, leaving 4 injured and 1 dead
Justin Overall is led to the back of a Gulfport patrol car after being charged with running over six people, leaving four injured and one dead. (Source: WLOX)

GULFPORT, Miss. (WLOX) - The man accused of running over several people outside a Gulfport plasma center Wednesday morning has been arrested.

Justin Tripp Overall was taken into custody just before noon Wednesday after the van police say was used in the fatal crash was found abandoned at a Shell station less than a mile from the plasma center.

Justin Tripp Overall has been charged with running five people over outside a Gulfport plasma center, leaving four injured and one woman dead.
Justin Tripp Overall has been charged with running five people over outside a Gulfport plasma center, leaving four injured and one woman dead. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff Dept.)

Overall, 34, had only been out of jail for 12 days, having spent just over a month in the Harrison County jail for a trespassing charge before being released on Jan. 24.

The fatal crash happened at 5:13 a.m. at CSL Plasma Center on Highway 49 near the intersection of Airport Road.

Police say people were standing in line outside the center waiting for it to open when a van plowed through them, striking six people. Witnesses told police the van was parked by the curb for a few minutes before it accelerated, jumping the building’s walkway and hitting the victims.

One of the victims was 60-year-old Doris Duckworth, who police say was sitting in a chair outside the plasma center when the car hit her. Coroner Brian Switzer said Duckworth died at the scene as a result of blunt force trauma.

Four others were rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and one person did not require medical treatment, said PIO Jason Ducre’ with Gulfport Police Department.

After running over the victims, Ducre’ said the van kept going, dropping some plumbing tools and supplies out of the back of the vehicle, before heading south on Highway 49.

Gulfport Police released these photos of the white van soon after the hit-and-run, asking the public to be on the lookout for it.
Gulfport Police released these photos of the white van soon after the hit-and-run, asking the public to be on the lookout for it. (Source: Gulfport Police)

The abandoned van was located around 8 a.m. at a Shell gas station on Creosote and Highway 49.

Authorities have not said whether the hit-and-run was done intentionally or not but police are investigating the incident.

“Our hearts go out to the families who are experiencing the pain from today’s events, especially to the Duckworth family," said Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania. "Our team spent the whole day working on this and through the efforts of them and through the support of the community and really the help of the media, we were able to bring this to a conclusion this evening.”

Overall is charged with manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault, residential burglary, and receiving stolen property. His bond has been set at $3.75 million.

BREAKING: A deadly hit and run on Highway 49 in Gulfport. 1 person killed, 4 seriously injured. Police are looking for a white van that fled the scene. If you have any info call Gulfport PD or MS Crimestoppers.

Posted by Desirae Duncan WLOX News Now on Wednesday, February 5, 2020

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