Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - It's been nearly a month long search for a suspect accused of hitting a killing a Buffalo woman, then fleeing the scene. Now, he's behind bars and faced a judge Wednesday morning.
Michael Held, 32, of North Tonawanda pled not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash. In the early hours of October 2, he allegedly hit and killed forty-eight year old April Smith. She was crossing Broadway Avenue in Buffalo. Police said Held then fled the scene in a Green Chevy Trailblazer and left her for dead.
The victim's family was in court and looked visibly upset. When they saw Held in front of the judge they began to shout at him and them stormed out of the courtroom.
"I feel relieved that they found the person but for me it doesn't bring closure because it doesn't bring my sister back. The way she died, he just left her there. I feel like he should get the maximum sentence. It still hurts. It hurts every day. She was a good person and she shouldn't have died the way she died. It bothers me, the fact that he just left her there," Victim's Sister Sanika Logan said.
Police said it was tips though CrimeStoppers and others in the community that led them to Held and his green SUV. They also tracked parts of his car that he had repaired after the accident to a Niagara County repair shop. This also help lead to the arrest.
Bail for Held was set at $750 thousand and he will face a judge again on November First.