Vehicular homicide case in court today

Published 11:50 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009

VIDALIA — The man charged with vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal May 2008 four-car pileup on the Mississippi River bridge will be in court today.

Cedric A. Hunter, 25, 6 Newman Drive, is scheduled to appear before Seventh Judicial District Court Division B Judge Leo Boothe for a trial of motions.

A trial of motions is a legal step preceding a full criminal trial in which defense and prosecuting attorneys will argue what the boundaries of the trial should be. In some cases, the proceedings include motions about what evidence should be included in trial.

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At 4:01 a.m. May 18, the Vidalia Police responded to a report of an accident on the eastbound Mississippi River bridge involving a gray Dodge pickup, a green Chrysler four-door sedan, a silver Dodge four-door and a black Ford Crown Victoria.

One man, 20-year-old Terrence Johnson, died at the scene of the accident, which police later said was the result of illegal racing.

A second victim, Kelvin Keys, 22, died of wounds sustained in the accident at University Medical Center in Jackson the following day.

Both victims were in the same vehicle, police said at the time of the incident.

Hunter was initially arrested on a first-offense DWI charge and released on a $696 bond following the incident.

When two counts of vehicular homicide were filed against him in late June, Hunter turned himself in to Vidalia Police.

He was released July 4 on a $200,000 bond.

Others were reportedly in the vehicles at the time, but fled the scene.

A fifth vehicle — a Ford Mustang — was wrecked on the bridge that morning, but police later determined it was involved in an unrelated accident just prior to the fatal wreck.