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18-year-old suspect arrested in hit-and-run crash that injured Bishop Bernard Wright in Boynton Beach

Jamal Lormejuste confesses to investigators, police say
Bishop Bernard Wright speaks with WPTV on Feb. 6, 2023, about his recovery after being injured in a hit-and-run crash.
Posted at 8:12 PM, Mar 22, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-22 23:34:39-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla — An 18-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in a Boynton Beach hit-and-run crash that injured a 70-year-old bishop late last year, police said.

Bishop Bernard Wright was severely injured in a hit-and-run while wrapping up a Facebook live in Boynton Beach on Dec. 26. Wright was at a vigil to remember Stanley Davis III. A Boynton Beach teenager killed riding a dirt bike in 2021.

After a search warrant was obtained in the case, investigators said they found evidence on a cellphone, which led them to the home of Jamal Lormejuste.

Police said Lormejuste rented a white Camaro that struck Wright. After speaking to investigators about the case, they said he confessed to the hit-and-run crash.

"These types of cases are tedious and very difficult to solve," Police Chief Joseph DeGiulio said in a statement. "Our Traffic Homicide Investigators did an outstanding job with their investigation which led to this arrest."

He was taken into custody at 6:53 p.m. in the Palm Beach County Jail and faces charges of hit and run — failure to stop, remaining at a crash with serious bodily injuries and reckless driving that causes serious bodily injury. They are both felonies.