Suspects arrested in death of cyclist

Published 12:00 pm Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Pearl River Sheriff’s Department has arrested two people in the hit-and-run that took place on Aug. 22 that killed cyclist Luiz Perez of Lumberton.

Thomas Jamison Bullock, 38, of 8 Bullock Rd., Purvis and Brandace R. Green, 26, of the same address, were arrested for felony leaving an accident scene causing death. Bullock was additionally charged with manslaughter and failure to yield to a bicyclist, said Chief Deputy Shane Tucker with the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.

“We have been looking at this case for several weeks and have gotten many tips from the community and many tips from other law enforcement,” Tucker said.

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Bullock was arrested on an unrelated felony charge Thursday in Lamar County. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department received a tip about the case and investigated. The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department found the front of Bullock’s truck had been dismantled, Tucker said.

Green was arrested on Friday in Pearl River County. Bullock will be brought to Pearl River County jail later this week, Tucker said.

Tucker said drivers aren’t supposed to come closer than three feet to a cyclist.

Perez was riding west on Hillsdale Gumpond Road on Aug. 22 when Bullock, also traveling west, struck him. Perez’s family became concerned after Perez never came home and went out searching for him. They discovered him in a ditch and proceeded to call the Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department.

“This was initiated with the help of the Lamar County Sheriff’s Department and resolved through the efforts of the Investigations Division. We have worked on this case every day since Aug. 22. A lot of hard work has been put into this and hopefully now the Perez family will be able to get some closure from this,” Tucker said.