Smith was pronounced dead from his injuries about 40 minutes later an area hospital.
Police said witnesses alleged Willie “Big Man” Fitzgerald, 39, was driving the black 2005 vehicle when it struck Smith.
Officers took the suspect into custody when he returned to the scene of the fatal incident at 3:30 a.m. that morning.
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In court records obtained by WHBQ-TV, police state Fitzgerald admitted he ran over Smith, who he knew and allegedly did drugs with, after the victim, wearing a mask and armed with a baseball bat, approached his vehicle and smashed the driver’s side window.
According to Fitzgerald, he was attempting to “detain” Smith when he ran over him over with his SUV down the block from where he said Smith broke the window.
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