Investigators continue to search for drivers involved in deadly hit and run on I-10
Daphne investigators are trying to find two different drivers who left the scene of a deadly hit and run accident on I-10. Police say motorcyclist Johnnie Paul Phipps of Bonifay, Florida died when an 18-wheeler ran over him Saturday morning.
The crash happened in the west bound lane of I-10 between the Daphne and Malbis exits.
Daphne Police Captain Judd Beedy says right now investigators believe traffic was either coming to a stop or had stopped when Phipps clipped the rear-end of a white S-U-V, possibly a Tahoe, that had Texas tags. Phipps was thrown off his motorcycle and under an 18 wheeler. The rear tires of the semi ran over him, killing him on impact. Neither the driver of the white SUV nor the semi-truck stopped.
"It could be possible that the driver of the 18 wheeler may not have known he'd struck the motorcyclist," said Beedy.
Investigators are actively looking for both the driver of the SUV and the semi. While ALDOT monitors traffic with cameras, it does not record the video. It's possible the semi kept traveling west bound on 1-10 and stopped at the weigh station in Moss Point, Mississippi, but not all trucks have to stop and the semi could've exited beforehand in Alabama.
"We're looking at all that. We're exploring if there's any cameras or data recorded west bound on I-10, where is the next stop that it's recorded," said Beedy. "It's going to be tough, tedious hours of work but we're going to see if we can find them."
Though the drivers investigators are looking for may not be at fault in the actual accident, they could be charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident.