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Richmond man charged in hit and run that claims life of Halifax native

A 29-year-old Richmond man faces two felony counts of hit and run following a wreck that claimed the life of 34-year-old Halifax County native Delvin Maurice “Dip” Edmonds on May 7.

Marcus A. Taylor of Lauradale Lane was arrested Thursday in connection with the hit and run accident that killed Edmonds and injured another motorcyclist.

A press release from the Richmond Police Department indicated Taylor also was charged with a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended license.

An investigation is continuing, and additional charges are possible, authorities said.

The accident occurred in Richmond’s Southside shortly before 4 p.m. on May 7 when Edmonds and another motorcyclist were traveling east on Warwick Road, approaching Dorset Road.

A 1995 Toyota Camry was traveling west on Warwick approaching Dorset, when the Toyota turned onto Dorset in front of the two motorcycles, according to the accident report.

Both motorcyclists were ejected on impact with the Toyota and were taken to VCU Medical Center where Edmonds later died.

The other motorcyclist’s injuries were not life-threatening, the report stated.

Crash team detectives expressed appreciation to the public for their help in providing tips that led to Taylor’s arrest.

“This arrest would not have been possible were it not for the numerous Crime Stopper tips and witness information detectives received,” authorities said in the release.

A funeral for Edmonds was held Saturday at County Line Missionary Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Edmonds was married to Carla Austina Holcomb Edmonds and was a member of Mt. Gilead Full Gospel International Ministries.

In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Zamir Edmonds and Zakiyah Edmonds, both of the home; his parents of South Boston; two brothers, LaMonte Edmonds and Jamand Edmonds, both of South Boston; one sister, Ashlee Coleman of Chesapeake; his grandmother, Marjorie Coleman of Nathalie; mother-in-law, Deloris Holcomb of Richmond; father-in-law, CSM Carl Holcomb and wife Margie of Mechanicsville; four aunts; two uncles; one brother-in-law; four sisters-in-law; one niece; two nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends including the devoted, Merv Grandy. 

Edmonds, an area musician who moved to Richmond, also was the author of several inspirational books.