The youngest fighter on this list, up and coming Bellator fighter Jordan Parson was just 25 years-old when he became the tragic victim of a hit-and-run incident that would end his life.
Nicknamed ‘Pretty Boy,’ Parsons had appeared to have a bright future in the sport after compiling an 11-2 record, and was halfway through a six-fight deal with Bellator at the time of his passing.
In the early hours of May 1st, Parsons was crossing a road near his apartment in Delray Beach, Florida when he was struck down by a Range Rover, driven by 28 year-old, Dennis Wright, who had left a local nightclub just a few minutes earlier.
Wright was reportedly driving at a speed in excess of 100mph and kept going after hitting Parsons, who’s life was left hanging in the balance.
Parsons was rushed to hospital suffering from a severed lower right leg in addition to a pelvic fracture, several fractured ribs, lung contusions, arterial bleeding, a splenectomy and rectal tear.
Despite several operations he passed away three days after being struck.
Almost a week after the incident, police finally caught up with Wright, who had initially tried to cover up the damage to his mother’s SUV by taking it to a repair shop, but after they refused to serve him he hid the vehicle at a security storage facility instead.
Wright was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crashing involving death and ‘tampering or fabricating physical evidence.’
A plea from Wright’s legal team to lower his $450,000 bail was later denied due to the fact that he was a habitual traffic offender, who had been arrested multiple times for drunken driving and had already had his driver’s license suspended on no less than six other occasions.