Burleson man arrested in motorcyclist’s death

A 21-year-old suspect was arrested Wednesday night less than 24 hours after a motorcyclist was found dead in a ditch, the victim of an apparent hit-and-run collision, officials said.

Connor Dylan Caldwell of Burleson was in custody Wednesday night at the Burleson Police Department facing a charge of accident involving a death. His bail was set at $15,000.

The motorcyclist, identified as Clayton Stokes, 38, was found dead about 11 p.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of East Renfro Street, police said.

A preliminary investigation found that Stokes was westbound when he was struck from behind, city spokeswoman Sally Ellertson said in a press release.

Detectives located part numbers on debris at the crash site, which helped them deduce that Stokes was hit by a metallic gray Ford F-150 pickup. The collision would have damaged the truck’s front right side and headlight assembly, Ellertson said.

“In less than 24 hours from the time of the 911 call, the suspect’s vehicle was found at a Burleson auto body shop by a Burleson patrol officer,” she said.

An accident involving death charge is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Staff writers Monica S. Nagy and Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.