Man flees custody in death of Dutch cyclist - - Jackson, MS

Man flees custody in death of Dutch cyclist

GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Authorities say a Calhoun County man facing 33 years in prison in the death of a Dutch tourist has fled federal supervision before sentencing.

Esther Hageman, a vacationing journalist, was hit by Wendell Blount's SUV on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Houston, Miss., on April 22, 2009.

A federal court jury convicted the 58-year-old Blount on April 23 of this year. Prosecutors said Blount was under the influence of morphine at the time of the accident.

Acting U.S. Marshal Scott Sanders told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Blount fled Friday. He has been on house arrest wearing an ankle monitor.

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