Charge Filed in MSU Student's Death

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Starkville, Miss.

A Lucedale, Miss., man has been charged with aggravated DUI in connection with an accident in which a Mississippi State University student was killed.

Starkville police say 18-year-old Sawyer Tomas Steede is free on $50,000 bond after his arrest. He is scheduled to appear in the Starkville Municipal Court on Oct. 21.

Police say 18-year-old Kaleb Dwayne Barker, also of Lucedale, was seriously injured and later died at a Jackson hospital. Barker was a freshman kinesiology major.

Officials say the one-vehicle accident occurred about 2 p.m. Tuesday along Mississippi Highway 12 near the MSU campus.

Police say Barker was riding in the bed of the pickup driven by Steede and another passenger was treated for minor injuries and released from a local hospital.

The accident is still under investigation.