Man Charged With First-Degree Murder In Deadly Hit And Run

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(Forrest City, AR) Police are looking into a deadly car and bicycle crash that resulted in one man charged with first degree murder and leaving the scene of an accident.

A cracked and splintered telephone pole shows where police say Majed Attahrawi rammed his truck, killing 60-year-old James Holland who was riding a bicycle.

Police say Attahrawi, whose known around town as Mike, didn’t stop to help Holland. He drove off.

“The town is mourning this morning,” said resident Curtis Brown.

Saturday, Wayne Warren sat outside, around the corner from where the crash happened. His friend Holland told him he would be right back. But another friend rode by.

“He said, ‘James just got killed.’ I said ‘what?’ He said ‘Mike hit him with that truck, wrapped him around the telephone pole, the bike too. He’s dead.’ I said ‘Oh my God,” said Warren.

Holland did odd jobs around town. He was doing some renovation work at an old grocery store owned by Attahrawi.

Warren says Attahrawi is known around Forrest City to have a temper.

“He threatened to shoot me,” said Warren.

At Attahrawi’s clothing store, a letter posted by his family says they closed the store because of the crash. It also says the accused murderer and his family are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of their brother.

“He always tried to help people,” said Brown.

Warren knew Holland for ten years.

“Every morning, we would come up here and just drink coffee and shoot the breeze,” said Warren.

Now, things just won’t be the same.

“I’m going to miss him, that’s a hard pill to swallow,” said Warren.

Police haven’t confirmed if the crash was intentional or a possible motive. The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Forrest City Police at (870) 633-3434.