Charges filed in fatal hit-and-run

Formal charges have been filed against a Pine Bluff man accused of hitting another man with a vehicle, then leaving the scene.

Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter charged Daron Richardson, 36, with one count of negligent homicide, one count of failure to stop after an accident involving injury or death, and one count of first-offense violation of the Omnibus DWI Act.

Richardson is accused of hitting Galen Taylor, 66, in the early-morning hours of May 28 while Taylor was walking north in the southbound lane of U.S. 79 Camden Road. Richardson was northbound at the time.

Detective Lt. Terry Hopson said during a probable cause hearing for Richardson on May 30 that after the vehicle struck Taylor, he went over the hood of the vehicle, hit the windshield, then fell back onto the roadway.

Taylor was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, then to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Medical Center at Little Rock where he died.

Police said after the accident, Richardson left the scene and drove to an apartment complex on Sulphur Springs Road where he left the car and called for a ride.

Richardson called the owner of the vehicle about an hour later to tell the owner where it was, Hopson said during the court hearing. He was arrested about two hours later walking in the area of West 18th Avenue and Hickory Street and taken to the adult detention center, where a breath alcohol test was performed.

According to Hopson’s testimony, the result of that test was .199. In Arkansas, a reading of .08 and above is considered legally intoxicated.

Bond for Richardson was set at $50,000 cash-only.

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