A Lansing firefighter has died after being struck by a vehicle in what police are calling a deliberate hit-and-run crash on the city’s south side, reports freep.com.
Dennis Rodeman, a seven-year veteran of the department, was collecting donations for a charity near the intersection of Cedar Street and Jolly Road when the incident happened about 3:40 p.m., police and city officials said.
The suspect — a 32-year-old Lansing man — drove away from the scene and was caught near the intersection of Holmes and Waverly roads after a car and foot chase, police said.
Lansing police Capt. Jim Kraus said there was a “traffic altercation” in the moments before the incident, although he did not give specifics.
“The suspect came by, was upset for whatever reason (and) circled back around” before striking the firefighter, Kraus said. “The preliminary investigation is that he deliberately hit the firefighter who was standing in the road, collecting for the charity.”
The suspect, who was driving a small pickup truck, continued north on Cedar Street and eventually was stopped in the 3100 block of Lawdor Road, Lansing police Capt. Darin Southworth said in a news release. He ran from the vehicle and was caught by officers.
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