Posted at: 03/08/2013 10:20 AM
Updated at: 03/08/2013 5:40 PM
By: Ray Levato
Rochester Police say a red light camera helped them make an arrest in a deadly hit and run.
Daniel Garver, a 22-year-old college student from Irondequoit, faces charges in connection with a crash that killed 37-year-old Harry Andrews of Rochester. Police say Andrews was standing next to a vehicle, filling it with gas when he was hit by another car late Monday night. It happened on North Goodman near High Street.
Rochester Police say one of the red light cameras a few blocks away helped them track down the driver of that other car.
The camera, about three blocks away from where Andrews was hit and killed, police say caught the student running a red light. That's what led police to his damaged car in Irondequoit several days later.
The victim's family was in court and some members cried when the 22-year-old Garver walked in.
Garver's family was there too and they also did not want to comment.
Court papers say police checked the red light camera at North Goodman Street and Clifford Avenue. It shows a grey Ford Focus running the red light. Investigators used the car's license plate to track Garver down and they found the damaged car in the driveway of his parents' home in Irondequoit. It had major damage to the windshield, the mirror was off the passenger side door and the licenses plates had been removed. Police say the mirror was found at the scene of the accident.
Chief James Sheppard, Rochester Police Department, said, “If you see the damage to the windshield, it was obvious that something very large and significant struck and damaged the vehicle. There would be no mistake that something was hit and not just something laying in the roadway that may have caused damage to the undercarriage. Without the technology, we wouldn't be in a place where we were able to find that vehicle. There was some evidence left at the scene. However, the license plate was not. The vehicle was damaged. If someone took it to a repair shop and got it fixed in so many hours and it would be fixed and we wouldn't know what had occurred.”
The chief said the red light cameras only record when a car actually runs a red light and that this is the first time this technology has been used in Rochester to locate a vehicle in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Garver is a junior at Nazareth College. He's charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and was being held on $5,000 bail. The chief said this case now goes to the grand jury.
Calling hours for Harry Andrews are Satruday afternoon at Metropolitan Funeral Chapel on West Avenue.