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Hit-and-run suspect ruled unfit for trial

DES MOINES (AP) -- A Polk County Judge has ruled that a man charged in the hit-and-run death of a motorcyclist from Adel is incompetent to stand trial.

The action Monday by Judge Joel Novak means that any trial for Orlando Rodriguez will be postponed indefinitely.

Novak ordered treatment for Rodriguez, saying he poses a danger to the public.

Rodriguez will remain in custody and undergo a mental-health evaluation at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville.

Prosecutors have charged the 24-year-old Rodriguez with vehicular homicide while intoxicated, vehicular homicide while driving recklessly or eluding, and one count of involuntary manslaughter.

His 26-year-old brother, Santos, faces similar charges from the Sept. 23 incident but has also asked a mental-health expert to evaluate whether he is fit for trial.

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