North Memphis Man Indicted In Deadly Hit & Run In August 2017

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A North Memphis man was indicted Tuesday on vehicular homicide, drunken driving and other charges related to a hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian last August, said Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich.

Taurus Cooper, 44, is accused of killing pedestrian Arthur Gilland, 62, as he crossed Vollintine in the crosswalk at Breedlove at around 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 9 last year. Witnesses said Cooper drove away at a high rate of speed with no lights on, but was stopped by police at Decatur and Greenlaw.

Gilland was taken to Regional One Hospital where he died a short time later.

A grand jury Tuesday indicted Cooper on vehicular homicide involving intoxication, drunken driving involving alcohol and marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, reckless driving and driving on a revoked license.

He is free on bond.

The case is being handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Sam Winnig of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Task Force whose members work with local law enforcement seeking to reduce the number of DUI-related fatalities and injuries. Task Force prosecutors also conduct training sessions to update law enforcement officers on changes in traffic and DUI laws.

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