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Man confesses to '08 fatal hit-run

A man charged with a fatal hit-and-run accident from 2008 told police he now has a "clear conscience" after confessing to the family of the woman he struck and killed, according to prosecutors.

David McCarthy, 27, of Naperville, Ill., is charged with hitting Melissa Lech, 20, in the early morning hours of Aug. 7 in Joliet, Ill. He told the family he stopped, but then drove off after others came onto the scene even though he knew the woman was seriously hurt, prosecutors said.

Lech later died, and no charges were filed in the case until McCarthy showed up at the home of Lech's sister Sunday morning and confessed. Even then, McCarthy told Michelle Lech that he did not plan to go to the police.

So the Lechs got his license plate number and police tracked McCarthy to his home, where he was arrested. A judge ordered him held on $1 million bail after a brief hearing Monday afternoon.

McCarthy told authorities he decided to admit to the hit-and-run to unburden himself.

"I needed to say what I needed to say," McCarthy said, according to prosecutor Mary Fillipitch. "I have a clear conscience."