Bailey Rose Carlson

Bailey Rose Carlson

A Temple woman was arrested and charged Thursday in connection with a hit-and-run accident that claimed the life of a McGregor man.

Bailey Rose Carlson, 23, was charged with not stopping to render aid in an accident involving death, a second-degree felony. She was arrested by the Temple Police Department and was held in the Bell County Jail Friday.

Carlson’s bond Friday was set at $150,000 by Bell County Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield, Bell County Maj. T.J. Cruz said.

“I can confirm that Temple PD arrested Bailey Carlson Thursday afternoon in the 3000 block of Oakridge Drive on a warrant out of McGregor,” spokesman Cody Weems said Friday.

Carlson allegedly struck Kayn Kemp, 26, as he walked on the shoulder of State Highway 317 to get to work. The vehicle was going northbound and swerved onto the shoulder where he walked.

Kemp was hit and killed before 10 a.m. June 6 in the 2100 block of south State Highway 317.

Carlson told McGregor Police she was plugging in her cellphone when she hit something. She didn’t go back to see what she struck, but thought it was a mailbox. Carlson sold officers she saw the news and realized it must have been Kemp that she struck with her pickup when she was on her way to Crawford from Belton, according to an arrest affidavit.

Debris from the accident scene linked trucks similar to Carlson’s in age, make and model to the fatality. That debris was a match to Carlson’s F-150, the affidavit said.

As a student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Carlson was a member of the women’s soccer team.

Her biography in 2015 on the women’s soccer page at UMHB said she was a nursing major who was a two-time all-district soccer play at Temple High School. She also participated in Student Council, choir, Interact, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, and Art Club.

A GoFundMe account was set up for Kemp’s family because he provided the main income source for the family. Donations are needed for the children — Karter Ray and Cyrus Russel James — and for bills and funeral expenses.

As of 1:30 p.m. Friday, a total of $6126 of the $10,000 goal was met.

The funeral and burial for Kemp were held Thursday.