Charges filed in fatal hit-and-run crash

Published 10:52 pm Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The driver who left the scene of a fatal accident Saturday has been arrested after turning himself in to authorities.

Selma man Dekendrick Bennett, 31, was arrested Monday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident, a felony, and given a $100,000 bond. He has since made bond.

Senior State Trooper Reginal King said Bennett went to the Selma Police Department on Sunday to report being in an accident.

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The accident occurred on U.S. 80 near the 90-mile marker. The victim, 32-year-old Carl Lewis Greene Jr., was operating a Suzuki motorcycle when he collided with Bennett’s 2007 Lincoln Navigator. Green was pronounced dead at the scene. Bennett was not injured.

King said it is important for everyone to remain at the scene of an accident until law enforcement officials arrive, given one exception.

“[The condition is] if you have a serious medical condition, and you need to get to a medical facility as soon as possible,” King said. “If you’re not [seriously] injured, by no means should you leave that crash.”

Last week, an unidentified 39-year-old Selma Man left the scene of a two-car collision on U.S. 80 near Craig Field.

Several witnesses saw the victim crawl out of his overturned, burning SUV after colliding with a sedan.

He was then seen being taken away from the scene of the accident by a second vehicle. Investigators later learned he was taken for medical treatment, and the man was not charged.