Watson Chapel to honor student struck while crossing street

Watson Chapel Junior High School will hold a balloon release in honor of the student who died in a hit and run accident Friday.

Charles Edward Jones III, 14, was a student at WCJHS, a school spokesman said. The balloon release will be held at noon Tuesday, April 22, on the junior high campus lawn on the side near U.S. 79.

Jones and a group of other children were attempting to cross U.S. 79 (Camden Road) toward Union Street when Jones was struck and killed by a vehicle that left the scene Friday night, police said.

Jontrel Collins, 21, was arrested on probable cause of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death and negligent homicide, both felonies, and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor.