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Ripley woman killed by driver who was under influence over weekend

A Ripley woman was killed in an automobile accident over the weekend in Memphis.

The woman, Sonya Roser, is the mother of a Tippah County police officer.

According to media reports, the driver of the vehicle said they had been smoking weed since learning of the passing of NBA star Kobe Bryant.

From WREG in Memphis:

According to police, Charles Jones drove over the center lane into oncoming southbound traffic in order to make a left turn from South Third to West Raines Road. He disregarded the red light and struck another vehicle head on.

The victims were identified as Sonja Roser and Christopher Hunt. Both did not survive their injuries, police said.

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