Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III has authorized a charge of open murder and three other charges against a Lansing man accused of deliberately driving his truck into a firefighter who was collecting money for charity at a busy intersection, reports lansingstatejournal.com
The defendant will be arraigned soon in 54-A District Court. Dunnings said in a statement that his name would be made public at the proceeding. In addition to the murder count, the man is charged with failing to stop at the scene of a personal injury accident causing death and two counts of fleeing and eluding (third degree).
Lansing firefighter Dennis Rodeman, who survived a tour of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps, died on Wednesday evening at Sparrow Hospital.
Dunnings commended Lansing police for their rapid investigation, and also members of the public who assisted.”As always, first responders rely on an active and engaged citizenry, and Lansing stepped up to the plate in the investigation of this tragic loss,” the prosecutor said.
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