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DA: Evidence shows trucker removed victim's hair from rig in fatal hit-run

Prosecutors say they have evidence the Canadian tractor-trailer driver involved in last week's fatal hit-and-run in Lancaster removed the victim's hair from the front of the grill of his rig.

As a result, Sebastien Y. Lavertu, 32, of Quebec faces a new charge of evidence tampering, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn Jr. said Tuesday.

Flynn declined to elaborate on the nature of that evidence, though authorities on Monday said they have video that identified the rig from "several sources."

Lavertu was charged Monday with leaving the scene of an incident resulting in death in connection with the June 21 death of Ryan Johns, 28, of Depew. Johns was fatally struck shortly before midnight on Broadway near Pavement Road by a driver who fled the scene, Lancaster police said.

Lavertu, of Danville, Quebec, left the country after the crash and was arrested trying to come back into the United States over the New York border at Lake Champlain, Flynn said.

Lancaster police arrest Quebec trucker in fatal hit-and-run

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