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Oxford PD: Driver admitted to texting before deadly hit and run accident

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Rodrick Jamar Montgomery. Source: Oxford Police Department Rodrick Jamar Montgomery. Source: Oxford Police Department
Police say this is the vehicle involved in the hit and run. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC Police say this is the vehicle involved in the hit and run. Source: Dixon Hayes/WBRC
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OXFORD, AL (WBRC) -

Oxford Police say the driver in a deadly hit and run accident admitted to texting while driving.

Police believe that the hit and run happened betwee 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sunday evening in the 2200 block of Barry Street. A passerby found the victim some time later in a ditch suffering multiple injuries. The victim, identified as Ricky Lee Suddarth of Panama City, Fla., later died.

Police recovered some debris from the scene and were able to determine that the vehicle involved was a tan 2004 Ford Explorer. After putting out a BOLO on the vehicle, they found it parked behind an apartment complex in Oxford.

Police say the driver admitted over the phone that he was texting before the accident and left the scene. The suspect, Rodrick Jamar Montgomery, later turned himself in to Oxford police.

"He saidhe was scared. He said he realized he was texting and driving and dropped hisphone, and took off. It only takes a second to take somebody's life. Don'ttext and drive. Put it down in the car and drive. That's what you're supposedto be doing," Oxford Police chief Bill Partridge said.

Montgomery was booked into the Oxford City Jail at 6 p.m. Tuesday. He's charged with manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and texting while driving. His bond is set at $30,000.

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