Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Man Faces Homicide Charge After Unborn Child is Killed in Drag Racing Wreck

Meko Lamar

An unborn child died after the mother was involved in a crash in Oxford allegedly caused by drag racers.

At 3:12 a.m. on Sunday, the Oxford Police Department responded to a traffic collision on West Jackson Avenue in the area of McDonald’s.  

A silver Chevrolet Camaro had struck a maroon Dodge Caravan. The female driver of the Caravan had to be extricated by the Oxford Fire Department and was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi with life-threatening injuries.

Tyler Hammond

The female’s unborn child was pronounced dead at the hospital. She was then flown to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis and is currently in critical condition.  

Meko Lamar, 19, of Como, was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi with moderate injuries. He was released from the hospital Tuesday.

Through the investigation, it was discovered that Lamar and another vehicle, driven by Tyler Hammond, 19, of Como, were drag racing on West Jackson. After the collision Hammond fled the scene.

Lamar has been charged with homicide of an unborn child while in the commission of a misdemeanor and drag racing. Hammond has been charged with Felony Fleeing and drag racing.  

Lamar and Hammond were both taken before a Lafayette County Justice Court judge for their initial bond hearing where Lamar was issued a $150,000 bond, and Hammond was issued a $50,000 bond.  

This is still an ongoing investigation and charges could be upgraded or added as this investigation continues.

Staff report