Police: Slow Traffic Angered Driver in Michigan Firefighter Death

Grant Taylor told police he struck a firefighter with his pickup truck after he became angry with firefighters slowing down traffic by collecting donations, according to court records, reports

He honked his horn and threw an apple core at Lansing Firefighter Dennis Rodeman before driving away, then turned around and ran down Rodeman in the street, according to testimony from a Lansing police detective.

The Lansing 22-year-old, who has a history of mental illness, is charged with murder, failing to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident causing death and two counts of third-degree fleeing and eluding in Rodeman’s death. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Taylor was interviewed by police after he was arrested, Det. Lee McCallister, of the Lansing Police Department, testified during a hearing last week that led to charges against Taylor.

He admitted to hitting Rodeman with his pickup truck and didn’t say that it was an accident, but also didn’t say it was intentional, McCallister testified.

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