Man charged with DWI after NC firefighter killed in crash

An image from Facebook honoring Robert Melvin Bryant Jr.

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A Fayetteville man has been arrested and charged after a wreck killed a volunteer firefighter in Robeson County.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol told local media that the wreck happened late Saturday about three miles east of Lumberton.

The patrol said 51-year-old Robert Melvin Bryant Jr. of Lumberton died in the wreck. Bryant was a firefighter for the Allenton Volunteer Fire Department near Lumberton, according to family on Facebook.

Sgt. Phillip Collins said the crash happened Bryant was slowing to make a turn when his pickup was hit from behind by a car.

Dennis Wayne Jones, age 38, of Fayetteville has been charged with driving while impaired, felony hit and run and failure to reduce speed.

Troopers said Bryant’s truck flipped several times and hit a tree.

Collins says Jones drove away after the wreck. Jones was arrested at his home Sunday.

It was not clear if he has a lawyer.

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