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Video From Red Light Camera Leads to Arrest in Fatal Hit and Run Crash

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Rochester: Video From Red Light Camera Leads to Arrest in Fatal Hit and Run Crash
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Police have made an arrest in a fatal hit and run case from earlier this week.

Police in Rochester say a red light camera just down the street where that fatal hit and run happened helped lead them to a suspect. The camera caught the driver's license plate which took them straight to his house.

Police arrested 22-year-old Daniel Garver of Irondequoit. He's charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury resulting in death.

According to Rochester Police, Garver was driving down North Goodman Street around 11:15 p.m. Monday when he struck 37-year-old Harry Andrews. Andrews was standing next to a SUV pouring gas into the tank when he was hit and thrown into the road.

According to court paperwork, Garver never stopped, and two minutes later is seen going through a red light at the intersection of North Goodman and Clifford Avenue, which is just 350 yards away. Police Chief Jim Sheppard says he ran the red light and the camera snapped a picture of his car, including its license plate.

Investigators say the car in the picture matched a rear-view mirror that was found the accident scene.

Investigators traced the car back to Garver's home in Irondequoit. Investigators on Thursday found the car parked in the driveway, missing a mirror, license plates and with major windshield damage.

Investigators say Garver, who college officials confirm is a student at Nazareth College, admitted to police he owned the car. He told investigators he was sideswiped on Goodman Street a couple days ago.

Chief Sheppard says red light cameras have been helpful in other investigations but this is the first time its pictures have helped in a fatal hit and run investigation.

"Looking at the camera footage, we were able to see a vehicle that had damage on it. We were able to get the license plate and follow up on that information. Once we were there and looked at the vehicle, it was pretty obvious that it had been involved in a very serious accident," said Sheppard.

"Would we have found this vehicle or found this individual absent the technology? I can't say specifically or for sure, but I don't believe so, and many times we have been unable to close these cases successfully."

Sheppard said at this point, there are no additional charges because police don't have information that Garver was acting recklessly or was drunk. When Garver was found, it was too late to test him for alcohol or drugs.

Daniel Garver was arraigned Friday morning. His bail was set at $5,000 and he's due back in court next week.

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