New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson issued the following statement to NEMiss.news Friday afternoon:
On Thursday January 28th, 2021 at about 9:50 p.m., the New Albany Police Dept. received a call that a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle on West Bankhead St. at or near Sully’s pawn shop.
Officers arrived on the scene to find the body of a white male, later identified as Christopher “Boomer” Maurin a 21-year-old from Pascagoula, MS. Mr. Maurin had been eating with friends at a nearby restaurant and left walking West.
It is unclear at this time why Mr. Maurin had decided to leave his friends and walk down West Bankhead St., but alcohol could be a factor.
Mr. Maurin was struck by a vehicle traveling east on West Bankhead St., a short distance from the restaurant. The driver stated that Mr. Maurin was walking in the middle of the eastbound traffic lane and that the driver did not see him..
Mr. Maurin was pronounced dead at the scene by Union Coroner, Pam Bowen. Mr. Maurin was a student at Blue Mountain College and a member of their baseball team.
It is still under investigation at this time.
” My deepest sympathies and condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Maurin and to the Staff and Teammates of Blue Mountain College. It’s a tragedy for everyone when someone so young is lost,” Chief Robertson said.
Statement from Blue Mountain College Friday evening
The Blue Mountain College campus is mourning the loss of Topper baseball member Christopher “Boomer” Maurin.
Maurin, a left-handed pitcher from Pascagoula, Miss., was a transfer from East Mississippi Community College and was set to make his debut for the Toppers in the 2021 season after sitting out the 2020 season rehabbing a shoulder injury.
BMC head coach Curt Fowler said, “We’re all just devastated. Boomer was an outstanding young man who worked hard every day on and off the field. We ask that everyone pray for his family.”
Topper associate head coach Taylor Clark added, “It’s a sad time for everyone right now. Boomer was such a happy person, talented pitcher and all-around great guy who everyone loved being around. We will miss him dearly.”
Maurin passed away Thursday night in a tragic accident in New Albany, Miss. Police Chief Chris Robertson says the accident is under investigation.
Barbara McMillin, BMC president, stated “We covet the prayers of our community for each of Chris’s classmates, teammates, coaches, and especially for his family.
NEMiss.news will provide more information as it is available.