• 15-year-old fighting for his life after hit-and-run, father speaks out

    By: Lauren Coleman

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    PANOLA CO., Miss. - Panola County investigators arrested a driver accused of hitting a 15-year-old boy and leaving him to die.

    Jadarius Chapman is currently at Regional One in critical condition.


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    Chapman is in bad shape with internal and head injuries and broken bones.

    The sheriff's office told us 36-year-old James Sanford hit the teen on Victory Road Monday night.

    The driver's passenger turned him into deputies.

    Panola County deputies told us Sanford has bonded out of jail.

    FOX13's Lauren Coleman spoke with the victim’s father about the tragic incident.

    “I feel a little more better today because the last surgery they did he is coming around better,” Deadrian Chapman said. “He’s not actually moving, or talking. He’s really paralyzed.” 

    His stepmother said he was standing in his mother’s yard when a car suddenly knocked him over and left the scene.

    “He was talking with his friends and he came through and hit him,” Kimberly Chapman said. “He told police he hit the windshield, hit the top of the car, he flipped over the back and he left.” 

    Deadrian Chapman said Sanford is his first cousin. 

    “He said he was drunk and scared,” Kimberly Chapman said. “At least help the child or the person, because anyway it goes you’re going to get what you’re going to get,” Deadrian Chapman said. “You can’t dodge that.”

    Jadarius is now on life support. 

    The family said they are hopeful for his recovery. 

    “A lot of prayers in the air, and it’s a lot of people reaching out a lot of people have done and are still doing.” 


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