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

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR – An August trial has been scheduled to determine if a Taylor man is guilty of any of four felony charges in a hit-and-run collision that took the life of a Taylor teenager.

A jury trial will begin Aug. 29 for Justin Robert Saum, 35, who faces more than 20 years in prison if convicted of charges including driving on a suspended license causing death.

Police and prosecutors said Saum was driving on a suspended license when, on Feb. 28, he struck a mini-bike driven by 17-year-old Kennedy High School student Austin McCumber. McCumber 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.

Additional charges include failure to stop at the scene of a serious accident, and driving on a suspended license causing serious injury.
A final conference before the August trial is scheduled for July 15 before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Ulysses Boykin. Saum remained in custody on $350,000 cash bond.

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