Police ID officer in wreck that killed Mississippi woman

SARDIS, Miss. (AP) — The police chief of Sardis, Mississippi, has released the identity of an officer who investigators say crashed into a woman's car, killing the driver, while pursuing a motorcycle near Interstate 55.

News outlets report Chief Steven McLarty says 33-year-old Officer Alex Aikens suffered a broken femur and foot in the Monday night crash that killed 32-year-old Ericka Hughes. The Panola County Sheriff's Department says Hughes was turning into a fast-food restaurant when she was struck head-on by Aikens. Hughes died at the scene.

Witnesses say the officer was seen swerving in and out of traffic before he crossed the center line and hit Hughes' car.

McLarty says Aikens called in a motorcycle pursuit and minutes later called back saying he had crashed and needed help.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is investigating.

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This story has been corrected to show that deceased was in car and clarifies other details.