- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A motorist charged in the fatal hit-and-run of a 13-year-old Lansing-area girl has told police the state suspended his license because he’s “basically legally blind.”

The Lansing State Journal reports (https://on.lsj.com/1lg1CEl ) Tuesday that Eaton County sheriff’s Detective James Maltby testified last month that Hector Arroyo told police he didn’t stop because he was driving without a license.

Arroyo reported that he believed he struck a deer on Oct. 28 in Delta Township. But authorities say Helina Dirba was hit while crossing a street. She died several days later.

The newspaper reports Arroyo’s license was suspended in in 2012 and expired in April.

He faces involuntary homicide-manslaughter with a vehicle and other charges. A Dec. 10 preliminary hearing is scheduled in Eaton County District Court.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, https://www.lansingstatejournal.com


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