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Elderly Richland man faces manslaughter in hit and run case

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Eighty-two-year-old Raymond Watts will make his initial appearance in court Tuesday morning. The elderly man now faces the upgraded charge of manslaughter in addition to felony hit and run.

Ten-year-old Allen Lutrick died Wednesday from critical injuries. The 5th grader was hit by Watts as he crossed the street to board a school bus in the dark early Tuesday morning.

Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest said Thursday Watts ignored the flashing lights and went around the bus. And now has to face the consequences.

"Mr. Watts made some decisions that day. He chose to pass that bus with full knowledge that the bus was stopped for children to board and knowing he struck that child, he failed to stop" said Guest.

The retired barber, who was driving his terminally ill cancer stricken wife home from the hospital Tuesday morning, went straight to his house in the Clearly Heights Subdivision.

His wife's early morning procedure at UMC was changed.  Watts took her back to the hospital later in the afternoon.

We are told that night, Watts saw the child's father, Daniel plea make this televised plea for the driver to turn himself in.

"Do what God is telling you to do, you're scared that's fine were all scared at some point in our life we all do dumb things but do us right" Daniel Lutrick said in his plea.

"He saw the news broadcast, saw the plea for the father to turn himself in. The next day he made arrangements for someone to watch after his wife and then went to the Richland police department and surrendered his custody" added Guest.

Watts gave a statement confessing to his role in the deadly accident. The District Attorney said Watts had no prior criminal or bad driving history. The case will be turned over to the Grand Jury.

Watts remains in jail and is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

The Allen family needs assistance with funeral expenses. If you would like to help, you can make a donation to the henry Allen Lutrick fund at any Bancorp South branch.

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