Bicyclist Struck by Motor Vehicle in Hit and Run Update: Driver Convicted

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Date: March 31, 2017
Contact: Sarah Davis, Chief Ranger, 662-680-4014

MADISON CO, MS – On Monday, July 25, 2016 at 8:53 a.m., Amy Biernat (44), of Madison, MS, was riding her bicycle north on the Parkway when she was struck by a white Nissan sedan. Because of the impact, Biernat suffered several injuries and was transported to the Baptist Hospital. The Nissan did not stop and was later found abandoned approximately 1.5 miles north along the Parkway.

Parkway Rangers and the Ridgeland Police Department identified Jason Dwayne Perkins, 42, of Lena, MS as the driver of the vehicle who left the scene. An arrest warrant was issued, and he was later arrested by Scott County Deputies and transferred to Madison County Detention Center. 

On March 22, 2017, Perkins was convicted on the following charges stemming from that motor vehicle collision with Biernat in July:

·         Failing to Move Over for a Bicyclist
·         Providing False Information
·         Leaving the Scene of an Accident
·         Reckless Driving
·         Causing a Vehicle Crash with a Bicyclist

Perkins is currently serving 18 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for these and other charges.
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Last updated: March 31, 2017

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