Biloxi hit-run passenger gets one year in rehab

Published 12:09 am Sunday, November 4, 2007

BILOXI, (AP) — A judge has sentenced to a year in rehab a passenger in a car that ran over and killed 90-year-old George ‘‘Peaches’’ Harris in May 2006.

Marian McVay, 29, was riding in the car when it hit Harris as he walked the causeway near the Popp’s Ferry bridge on May 3, 2006. McVay on Thursday pleaded guilty in Harrison County Circuit Court to leaving the scene of an accident that caused a death, said Assistant District Attorney Mark Ward.

The trial of the driver of the car, Richard Leleaux, is scheduled for Monday.

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McVay said in court that she had the visor down and was putting on eye makeup when Leleaux ran into Harris. The impact caused Harris to hit his head on the car’s windshield.

Leleaux drove a mile down the road before he stopped and realized, from the blood on the windshield, that he had hit someone, Ward said. He and McVay then tried the hide the car at a relative’s home. Police arrested the two the next day after a witness to the hit-and-run jotted down the car’s tag number, Ward said.

McVay received a maximum five-year sentence, which was suspended for her to attend a one-year drug and alcohol rehab program in Rankin County. Ward said McVay struggles with marijuana and cocaine abuse, but was not intoxicated at the time of the accident.


Information from: The Sun Herald,