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Mental exams ordered for man accused of intentional hit-and-run death of firefighter

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A man accused of intentionally striking a Lansing firefighter with his pickup truck will undergo mental health evaluations.

Grant Taylor appeared by video from jail Friday as his lawyer requested the exams. The 22-year-old is charged with murder and other crimes in the death last week of firefighter Dennis Rodeman.

Rodeman was struck while in a street collecting donations for charity. Police say Taylor was upset about the traffic delays.

Firefighter Dennis Rodeman was hit and killed by a driver while he was collecting for charity. (Photo: Facebook via FOX17/Grand Rapids)

Firefighter Dennis Rodeman was hit and killed by a driver while he was collecting for charity. (Photo: Facebook via FOX17/Grand Rapids)

More than a dozen firefighters were spectators during the brief court hearing.

Taylor previously has been diagnosed with psychosis and bipolar disorder. His mother had gone to court to try to have him involuntarily placed in a hospital.