Lansing, MI -- On Friday, when we reported about the hit and run that killed a firefighter, we didn't know anything about the motorist involved. Recently, his information was released. Why would 22 year old Grant Taylor murder a firefighter?
In an interview with police, Taylor told police that he hit the firefighter after getting into an argument with them about holding up traffic while doing charity work. He drove away and then turned around and hit Dennis Rodeman, one of the firefighters he was arguing with about the traffic situation.
Rodeman was brought to the hospital, where he died of his injuries. He left behind his wife and unborn child.
Taylor is being charged with murder, failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, and fleeing police. During testimony with Lansing Detective Lee McCallister, Taylor said that he became increasingly angry as firefighters mocked him. McCallister said, "At no time during his conversation did [Taylor] express any remorse. Nor did he ask the condition of the victim."
Reports show that Taylor's mother has petitioned for him to be involuntarily hospitalized for mental illness twice in the past two years. He has been diagnosed with psychosis and bipolar disorder along with other mental illnesses.