Trial likely for Taylor man in deadly hit-and-run

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – A Taylor man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash was arraigned last month in Wayne County Circuit Court, and awaits scheduling of a trial that could sentence him to more than 20 years in prison.

Justin Robert Saum, 35, was arraigned before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Ulysses Boykin on May 27 on four counts including driving on a suspended license causing death, failure to stop at the scene of a serious accident, and driving on a suspended license causing serious injury.

Police and prosecutors said Saum was operating on a suspended license on Feb. 28 when he struck a mini-bike driven by 17-year-old Kennedy High School student Austin McCumber, who had driven through a stop sign near the intersection of Joan and Harold streets.

McCumber and his passenger, 17-year-old Truman High School student Martin Jaime, were transported to a nearby hospital. McCumber died from his injuries a week after the incident.

Saum remained in custody on $350,000 cash bond. A calendar conference to determine trial scheduling was expected to be held June 3.

(James Mitchell can be reached at james.a.mitchell37@gmail.com.)