Dennis Wright was arrested in Boca Raton, Florida after he allegedly hit pedestrian Jordan Parsons, 25, in a hit-and-run car accident. Parsons was taken to Delray Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead after several surgeries and a leg amputation.
Wright, 28, was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash with a death in connection with the accident, tampering with evidence by attempting to have his car fixed, and driving with a suspended license. It is not clear whether bail has been set for Wright.
According to the car accident report, the accident occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 1 at a crosswalk on Lindell Boulevard and Federal Highway in Delray Beach. Parsons was walking at the crosswalk while wearing earphones when a silver 2013 Range Rover Sport struck him.
Witnesses reported that the silver SUV was driving at 100-120 miles per hour when the accident occurred. A police officer near the scene of the accident rushed to help Parsons before emergency services arrived to take him to the hospital, but despite efforts to save his life, Parsons died a few days later.
Parsons was a mixed martial artist (MMA) who practiced at Jaco Hybrid Training Center in Palm Beach County. He was a member of the Bellator MMA sports league and aspired to become a professional MMA fighter. Before his death, he had already won 11 professional fights.
Investigators were able to link the silver SUV to Wright through an anonymous tipster. According to the police report, Wright purportedly tried to have the damaged vehicle repaired at a local body shop, but the owner of the shop refused him service. Wright then allegedly hid the SUV in a rented a storage facility. Police found the vehicle, which had a missing side mirror that matched one recovered at the crash site, on Friday.
Wright surrendered himself to authorities the next day. Police have not indicated that they suspect Wright may have been inebriated at the time of the crash, but the arrest report states that he was at an upscale bar on East Atlantic Avenue on Saturday, April 30, the night of the fatal car crash.
Records from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement show that Wright has had his license suspended on six different occasions. He has also priors for reckless driving, resisting an officer without violence, and driving with a suspended license.