Police arrest Dennis Wright for hit-and-run that killed Jordan Parsons
Delray Beach Police have made an arrest in the hit-and-run case that claimed the life of MMA fighter Jordan Parsons.
Delray Beach Police posted on Facebook that they arrested 28-year-old Dennis Wright, a Boca Raton man, for multiple crimes. He is accused of being the driving of a silver 2013 Range Rover Sport that was the car in question that hit Parsons, who was a pedestrian early Sunday morning.
Police say one witness believes the car may have been traveling at speeds of between 100-120 mph. Wright was also said to have been at a bar with friends earlier in the evening. Not only did the Range Rover not stop after hitting Parsons, but a group of friends traveling in a Mercedes behind the car also did not stop after Parsons was hit.
Wright was driving with a suspended license. His license has been suspended six times. He has a lengthy criminal history including arrests for DUI, disorderly intoxication, marijuana possession and assault on an officer or firefighter, among other charges, per the police.
Not only is he facing charges for Parsons’ death, but he also is accused of tampering with evidence. Wright apparently tried to take his car to a body shop, but the owner refused to do the work. He then rented a bay at a storage facility in an attempt to hide the car.
Police recovered the car with the mirror missing:
Officers recovered Range Rover Sport from storage unit Dennis Wright rented after fatal hit-and-run crash. pic.twitter.com/DkZ5Lbs05O
— Delray Beach Police (@DelrayBeachPD) May 7, 2016
A mirror was recovered at the scene of the initial collision.
The vehicle belonged to Wright’s mother. He arrived at the police station Saturday with an attorney.
Parsons, 25, was scheduled to fight at Bellator 154 next weekend. He was 11-2 in his professional MMA career. He initially had his leg amputated following the collision, and his family made the decision to take him off life support on Wednesday.