Florida rapper arrested in one of two hit-and-runs that killed woman, injured Army soldier

Rapper Corey Jone (left),, who goes by the stage name DB da Kid, is accused of killing Kelly Marie Black. Kalen Lawson, 20, (right) a solider based at Fort Hood, Texas, was injured by another vehicle when he stopped to help Ms Black as she lay on the road. (Polk County Sheriff's office)

A Florida rapper is in police custody in connection to one of two consecutive hit-and-runs Thursday morning, which killed one woman and injured a Fort Hood soldier who was home on leave.

20-year-old Corey Wesley Jones (AKA “DB da Kid”) was arrested in Polk County on Thursday afternoon after ramming his SUV into a scooter operated by 40-year-old Kelly Marie Black and fleeing the scene.

Seeing the incident unfold in front of him, US Army Soldier Kalen Lawson and his friend -identified as Markell Grant- stopped to render aid to Black. Within seconds of getting out of his vehicle, Lawson was struck by a pickup truck, which also ran over Black’s chest before fleeing the scene.

“Investigators have confirmed that the second vehicle involved in the hit-and-run is very likely a light-colored Ford F-150 pickup truck,” Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Scott Wilder said.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, both Jones and his SUV were found at his girlfriend’s Lakeland house. In an interview with PCSO deputies, the girlfriend admitted that Jones appeared to have been intoxicated when he arrived.

During a press conference on Thursday, Sheriff Grady Judd praised Lawson for his selfless heroism.

“All of us have a fundamental moral responsibility to stop when involved in a crash,” Judd said. “It’s just basic human decency- and it’s the law. Our prayers are with the family of the deceased victim. I am so proud of Kalen Lawson, active duty U.S. Army, who stopped to help- our thoughts and prayers are with him as he recuperates.”

Judd also expressed bewilderment at how two separate people would hit someone and flee the scene, as well as promising that justice will be served. During the press conference, he held up Jones’ mixtape “Overlooked” and promised no charges against Jones or the second driver would be overlooked.

The investigation is ongoing.

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