19-year-old charged in deadly hit and run to face judge

Benjamin Edwards
Benjamin Edwards

(WMC-TV) - A teen who Shelby County deputies blame for a deadly hit and run crash will face a judge Wednesday.

Investigators said the hit and run was the result of a drug deal gone bad involving three 19-year-olds.  One is dead while another is still recovering in the MED.

Chopper 5 was over the crash Monday night on Brunswick and Memphis Arlington where the car driven by 19-year-old John Stacy was slammed into a utility pole.

Stacy's passenger, Brandon Pearraw, died on the scene.

Investigators believe the two had met with 19-year-old Benjamin Edwards to sell him marijuana when Stacy reportedly took the money and the drugs and took off.

Edwards then confessed to deputies that he followed them and intentionally rammed the car before heading to his job at McDonald's in Arlington.

Edwards is charged with reckless homicide and aggravated assault.  He is being held on $500,000 bond.

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