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Testimony Begins in Arlington Hit-and-Run Trial

Opening statements wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in the trial of a man charged with hitting a 73-year-old man with his car and then driving away.

Omar Mohammed is accused of fleeing the scene of a February crash that left Terry Pinkston hospitalized for five days. He's charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Pinkston was walking near his Arlington home when he was struck from behind by a car. A good Samaritan came to Pinkston's aid and saw the driver leave the scene without stopping.

Federal authorities arrested Mohammed on a plane headed for his home in Jordan.

Omar Mohammed, 25, was pulled off a plane moments before takeoff at DFW Airport. Arlington police say he’s accused in the hit and run that seriously injured 73-year-old Terry Pinkston.

Mohammed's attorney, Jim Shaw, said his client wasn't fleeing the country because there was no warrant out for his arrest, so he didn’t commit a crime by trying to return home to Jordan.

While Shaw said his client should face consequences for driving away, he said it's not a case of aggravated assault because it wasn't an intentional act.

The attorney of the man charged with hitting a 73-year-old with his car and then driving away says his client shouldn’t be deported.

The first witnesses are expected to testify Wednesday.

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