Lexington police arrested a 24-year-old Gilbert man Thursday on hit-and-run charges after a caller told investigators he knew of a large pickup that had severe damage.
Randall Houston Nordan was charged with hit-and-run involving death, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license, the Lexington Police Department reported. He is accused of running over a mo-ped driven by Hiram Juarez “Rez” Miller of Lexington.
Video footage from the May 9 accident shows Miller’s mo-ped sitting at 2:39 a.m. at a stop light at the intersection of South Lake Drive and Industrial Drive. Just as the light turns green, a large pickup truck with running lights on the cab comes from behind, hits the mo-ped and drags it several yards. The truck, which never slows, leaves the scene.
Lawrence Simmons, a West Columbia lawyer, is Nordan’s defense attorney. He declined comment Thursday through his law partner, Karen Simmons, who said they would “reserve all comments until the case is disposed of.”
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Lexington police Lt. Matt Davis said the caller’s tip described a big Dodge that had damage that indicated it had been in an accident. The caller said the truck could be the one police were seeking.
Police went to Nordan’s home and asked to see him. The truck, which had a large gash in the grill, was sitting in the driveway, Davis said.
Police took Nordan to headquarters to be interviewed and got a search warrant for the truck, Davis said. Police connected evidence from the accident scene to the truck, he said.
“We kept putting the pieces together,” he said.
Investigators found marijuana in the truck during their search, Davis said.
Miller, the 37 year-old man killed in the accident, was a kitchen manager at a Lexington restaurant. He had worked the night of the accident and had stopped by another restaurant after his shift to visit former co-workers, Davis said.
Toxicology results from the accident are pending.
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Click arrows to view video full screen. The video comes from a security camera installed outside a convenience store at the intersection. The moped was stopped at a traffic light, which had just turned green. The moped driver hesitated once the light turned green. The pickup truck comes from behind and hits the moped in the rear. The truck then drags the moped underneath it.