SPD releases fatal accident update


September 18, 2013

The Starkville Polic Department released the following:

UPDATE ON TRAFFIC FATALITY INVESTIGATION
September 18, 2013

The Starkville Police Department has determined that 18-year-old Kaleb Dwayne Barker was killed as a result of “multiple blunt crush injury” as well as “being struck by the motor vehicle he was riding in.”
Investigation has revealed five (5) individuals had proceeded to McDonald’s East on Hwy. 12 in Starkville with three (3) passengers in the compartment of the truck and two (2) individuals in the rear bed of the truck.
The driver, while backing up on the McDonalds parking lot, hit a curb throwing Kaleb Barker from the bed of the truck. Mr. Barker was then subsequently run over by the truck as it continued in motion, jumping the curb and coming to rest in the lower level parking lot of Cold Stone Creamery.
Starkville Police Department Detectives traveled to Jackson, Miss., to attend the autopsy of Mr. Barker where the cause of death was identified by the State Chief Medical Examiner.
The five (5) occupants of the truck were friends and acquaintances, and the death was the result of a tragic accident.