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Waco police arrest suspect in fatal hit-and-run

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Posted at 11:07 AM, Aug 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-30 21:17:55-04

WACO, Texas — Waco police were sent to Robinson Drive in reference to a serious crash at approximately 8:45 P.M. on Saturday.

When officers arrived on the scene, they learned a man traveling south on Robinson Drive, near Madison Drive, in a motorized wheelchair was struck by multiple vehicles and was pinned under one of them.

The man was transported to Hillcrest at Baylor Scott and White where he later died.

He has been identified as 57-year-old Dennis Roberts of Waco. His family responded to the scene and were notified of his death.

Investigators were able to learn Roberts was first struck by a late 2000s gray Toyota Camry. The Camry fled the scene and continued to drag Robert's wheelchair under the vehicle.

After a search, Robert's wheelchair was found near the intersection of Primrose and South 27th Street.

Witnesses told investigators the driver of the Camry was a man between 25-35-years-old with dreadlocks.

Waco investigators were able to identify and arrest the suspect Monday evening. Orlon Simpson, 41, of Marlin was taken into custody in his home and now resides in McLennan County Jail.

Simpson is charged with failure to stop and render aid, a second-degree felony.

The driver of the second vehicle involved in the crash remained at the scene while the investigation was being conducted.

This investigation is still ongoing at this time and there is no other information available.

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