Driver charged in Clay County fatal hit-and-run

CLAY CENTER, Kan. (KSNT) — Authorities say they have arrested and charged a Clay County woman who struck and killed an 83-year-old man in a hit-and-run accident in northeast Kansas early Friday morning.

Forty-nineyear old Rene Urbano has been charged with an accident involving death, failure to report and accident and driving on a suspended license.

Clay County Sheriff Chuck Dunn says Joe Knitter, of Clay Center, died in the accident early Friday on U.S. 24.

Dunn says Knitter’s wife hit a deer. He got out to check on the animal and was hit by another vehicle as he was returning to his car. Knitter died at the scene.

Urbano didn’t stop, but drove away after the accident.

Late Friday afternoon Dunn told Kansas First News they had located the driver of the vehicle, described as a 2001-2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Dunn tells us the woman, who has not yet been identified, told investigators she thought she had also hit a deer and that’s why she didn’t stop.

Earlier Dunn said the damage to the vehicle’s front end and windshield was substantial and said any average driver would have stopped after such an accident.

The vehicle was tracked down with the help of a mirror recovered at the scene.



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