Dennis Wright faces multiple charges including leaving the scene of a crash causing death

By Steve Helling
May 09, 2016 05:15 PM
Delray Beach Police Department

A 28-year-old man with a lengthy driving rap sheet has been arrested in connection with the fatal crash in Florida that killed mixed martial arts fighter Jordan Parsons.

According to Delray Beach police, Dennis Wright has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, driving while his license was suspended as a habitual offender and two counts of tampering with evidence. He had once been convicted for DUI and his license had suspended at least four times, PEOPLE confirms.

Parsons was crossing the street on May 1 when he was hit by a Range Rover. Witnesses told police that the vehicle was traveling more than 100 miles per hour.

Parsons, 25, was in a coma for more than three days until his family took him off life support.

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According to Delray Beach police, an anonymous tipster told them Wright had allegedly been the driver. In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, Delray Beach police say investigators “quickly discovered that Wright’s mother owns a grey 2013 Range Rover Sport and were able to determine that Wright was driving the vehicle the night of the crash.”

“Wright made an effort to have the damaged Range Rover repaired at a local body shop, but the owner refused to do the work, so Wright rented a bay at a storage facility and hid the SUV,” the statement continues. “Investigators recovered it on Friday, and it was missing the driver’s side mirror officers recovered at the scene.”

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Wright arrived at the police department on Saturday afternoon with his attorney. Wright’s criminal history includes a 2012 conviction for DUI and convictions for disorderly intoxication and assault on an officer or firefighter.

A police spokeswoman says that his license has been suspended six times; PEOPLE has been able to independently verify four of them.

Bail was set at $450,000, though Wright’s attorney, Robert Resnick, argued for bail of just $50,000. “There are a lot of facts that have not been established in this case,” he argued, according to the Palm Beach Post. “I just hope the community waits for all the facts.”

Wright has not yet posted bail and remains in jail.

Despite the arrest, police continue to investigate the crash. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact Officer Ron Brown or Sgt. Jeffrey Rasor at (561) 243-7800.

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