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Ole Miss fan hit by Alabama student dies

By Daniel Hight - bio | email

OXFORD, MS (WMC-TV) - A University of Mississippi football fan struck Saturday in a hit and run by an Alabama student died Tuesday night at a hospital in Tuscaloosa.

Authorities said Greg Smith, 35, died late Tuesday at DCH Regional Medical Center. Smith was struck at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Capt. Loyd Baker of the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit said Michael Kahlolokula, 23, was charged with hitting the student with his car, then leaving the scene of the accident.

Shane Dorrill with UA Media Relations confirmed Monday Kahlolokula is a student.

Baker said the victim and friends were crossing the street at University and 4th Avenue when the victim was struck. Detectives determined what kind of car he was driving and later learned where Kahlolokula lived.

Kahlolokula was charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident. According to Baker, the suspect may have kept going after hitting the victim because alcohol was involved in the accident.

As word of Smith's death began to trickle across the Ole Miss campus Wednesday, students like Charles Cowan weren't suprised alcohol was involved.

"When they're under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they don't think straight," Ole Miss student Charles Cowan said. "Thats why they're driving when they shouldn't be, and its probably the same reason he ran."

Cowan said drinking and college football are nothing new.

"I anticipate there being drunk drivers on the road on any game day," he said.

Brandon Irvin agreed.

"You should be responsible for that sort of thing," Ole Miss student Brandon Irvine said. "Hitting a person is not the same thing as running over a rabbit or a snake or anything. I mean, you're gonna notice."

Kahloluka is only charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. Though he had been drinking, police can't prove he was drunk.

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