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Arrest made in Clarence hit-and-run crash after deputies pick up the pieces

A Buffalo man was arrested Monday in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Clarence after investigators traced smashed pieces of the suspect's car back to the alleged driver.

Dionte Heath, 23, faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash resulting in serious injury for the December 2019 incident at Main Street and Shimerville Road, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

On Dec. 5, a car struck a vehicle at Main and Shimerville, causing the injured driver of the second vehicle to be taken to Erie County Medical Center.

Deputies said the other driver fled the scene.

A five-day investigation led to an arrest. Investigators identified parts from the vehicle at the crash scene and determined the pieces were from a 2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Officials said investigators discovered 47 similar vehicles registered in the area, and performed a canvass of registered vehicles and owners. On Dec. 10, deputies located the vehicle and interviewed the driver.

Heath is also charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and three vehicle and traffic law infractions. He was issued appearance tickets and released.

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