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Hinds Co. fatal car crash charges dropped

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Charges are being dropped against a Flora man accused of causing a 2006 crash that killed a 2-year-old and injured the child's mother because of inconclusive accident-reconstruction reports.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith tells The Clarion-Ledger that two recent accident reconstructions did not determine fault in the crash.

Earlier this year, a grand jury indicted 55-year-old Gary Beckwith on a culpable negligence manslaughter charge in the death of Ariyanna Patton of Bolton and aggravated assault for injuries to her mother, Kenya Harris.

Beckwith's attorney, Marc Brand, said prosecutors saw it was nothing more than an accident.

Beckwith's trial was scheduled for Sept. 20 in Hinds County Circuit Court.

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