Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -Buffalo Police arrested a North Tonawanda Man Tuesday in connection with an October 2nd hit-and-run near the city's Broadway Market. Investigators say 48-year-old April Smith of Buffalo was struck on Broadway by a SUV driven by 32-year-old Michael Held of Tonawanda. Buffalo Police Accident Investigators analyzed car parts left at the scene and surveillance video and were able to decipher the SUV's make and model. Police then combed through 700 registered Green Chevy Trail Blazers in the area that recently underwent repairs. Detectives were able to link one to a Niagara County repair shop and say tips from Crime Stoppers were helpful in the investigation. It's believed Held took his car for repairs soon after the crash. Held was arraigned Wednesday morning and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal injury accident.
"I feel relieved they found the person, but for me, I don't feel closure because it doesn't bring my sister back," said Sanika Logan, Smith's Sister. "He just left her there. I believe he should get the maximum sentence."
Buffalo police received assistance from many local agencies including the Amherst Police Department and the Erie County District Attorney's Office. Investigators say Held also had a passenger with him when the accident occurred, but the Erie County District Attorney says there's no evidence to charge that person. Police are now trying to find out where Held was before Smith's death and if drugs or alcohol played a role. Held remains at the Erie County Holding Center and bail has been set at $750,000. He's expected back in Court November 1st.