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Elderly Driver Arrested In Hit & Run Case

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DENVER (CBS4) – An elderly driver has been arrested in the case of a deadly hit-and-run that happened earlier this month.

On Jan. 9 at around 9 a.m. 63-year-old Leanna Hund was crossing Colorado Boulevard at Exposition Avenue on her way to work.

That’s when witnesses said a white car turned the corner and knocked her to the ground and then proceeded to drive over her and flee the scene.

Police arrested 85-year-old Marshall Smith on Monday and he is accused of driving that car.

Hund’s husband, Harold Rivers, was grateful to hear about the arrest.

“You know I labored under the impression that if they catch this person I’ll feel better, but it’s not going to bring her back,” said Rivers.

A witness provided a license plate number that led police to locating the white 1985 Chevrolet Impala.

Smith was placed under arrest after traffic investigators completed tests on the vehicle and it was determined he was most likely to have been behind the wheel.

“There’s a part of me that says, ‘if you operate a vehicle and you take someone’s life, I just don’t think you go home and someone slaps you on the wrist.’ I think there has to be consequences for it,” said Rivers.

Sources said Smith had undergone dialysis treatment the day before the accident and was cautioned not to drive and he returned to retrieve the vehicle just before the incident.

“My main concern is why didn’t you stop? If we assume he was so old and incapable of what he is doing then who is letting him drive,” said Rivers.

He is under arrest accused of not only the fatal hit-and-run but also driving without a license.

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