On Saturday, after what the Delray Beach Police Department described as “an intense, six-day investigation,” a 28-year-old man with an extensive rap sheet was arrested for the fatal hit-and-run death of Bellator MMA fighter Jordan Parsons.
Dennis Wright (mugshot above), whose license has been suspended six times, is facing multiple charges, including driving with a license suspended as a habitual offender, leaving the scene of a crash causing death and tampering with evidence.
Wright has been previously arrested for DUI, disorderly intoxication, marijuana possession and assault on an officer or firefighter.
Parsons was walking in a crosswalk when a silver Range Rover Sport struck him at 12:35 a.m. last Sunday morning. The car fled the scene and left the severely injured Parsons laying in the road.
Parsons, who trains with the Blackzilians out of Boca Raton, had his entire right leg amputated in an attempt to save his life, but his organs were still failing him. Parsons’ heart was only working at 20 percent and needed heart surgery.
Parsons died Wednesday.
Outside of a grainy video that showed Wright’s SUV moving at a high rate of speed right before Parsons was fatally struck, the Delray Beach Police Department had little else to go off of. They asked for the public’s help in identifying a 2012-2013 silver Range Rover Sport with a missing driver-side mirror and damage to the driver’s side headlight and bumper area.
Thursday, an anonymous tipster gave investigators Wright’s name. It was quickly discovered that Wright’s mother owned a grey 2013 Range Rover Sport, and that Wright was driving the vehicle the night of the crash. Witnesses told investigators that Wright was at Buddha Sky Bar on East Atlantic Avenue Saturday night with friends.
Wright tried to repair his mother’s damaged Range Rover at a local body shop, but after the owner refused to do the work, Wright rented a bay at a storage facility to hide the SUV.
Investigators recovered the damaged SUV on Friday. It was missing the driver’s side mirror officers had recovered at the scene. There was also severe front-end damage to the driver’s side.