Drag racing crash leaves unborn baby dead, mother critical, police say

OXFORD, Miss. — A woman is fighting for her life after her unborn baby was killed in a crash caused by two men who were drag racing, Oxford Police said.

A silver Chevrolet Camaro hit a maroon Dodge Caravan just after 3 a.m. Sunday on West Jackson Avenue.

The woman driving the Caravan had to be extricated from her vehicle by the Oxford Fire Department.

She was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi with life-threatening injuries, according to Oxford Police.

Her unborn child died at the hospital.

The woman was then flown to Regional One in Memphis and is currently in critical condition, police said.

Derek Redmond has lived in Oxford all his life. He saw the aftermath of the crash just down the road from where he lives.

“Drag racing hasn’t been a problem, the crowds haven’t been a problem, even though they hang out for a bit they are told to move,” Redmond said.

Meko Lamar, the 19-year-old driving the Camaro, was also taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. He was released from the hospital Tuesday.

According to investigators, Lamar and another car driven by 19-year-old Tyler Hammond were drag racing on West Jackson Avenue.

After the collision, Hammond drove away and was later taken into custody.

Lamar is charged with homicide of an unborn child while in the commission of a misdemeanor and drag racing.

Hammond is charged with felony fleeing and drag racing.

Redmond tells us his heart goes out to the mother and the unborn child.

“It’s definitely a sad situation, very sad situation, it’s one of those situations with thoughts and prayers for the family,” Redmond said.

A Lafayette County Justice Court judge issued a $150,000 bond for Lamar, and Hammond was given a $50,000 bond.

Police said they are still investigating, and charges could be upgraded or added.