Kendra Rae Balentine cleared in deadly hit-and-run, police investigate her in different crash
Police looking for clues in Jason Grimmer death
Last Updated: 306 days ago
LONGMONT, Colo. - A teenager who said she was in church and not involved in a deadly hit-and-run has been cleared by police who say she may have been involved in a different hit-and-run.
Eighteen-year-old Kendra Rae Balentine was arrested after 16-year-old Jason Grimmer of Denver was hit and killed in Longmont while he was running from a fight on New Year's Eve.
Balentine said she didn't do it. She told police was at church playing games with 30 other church members when the accident occurred -- an account backed up by her pastor, according to the Longmont-Times Call.
"They made a false arrest. My daughter cannot be there. She was at church, which I told the Longmont Police Department," Balentine's mother, Stephanie Balentine, told 7NEWS.
"My heart goes out to the boy's mother and my prayers, but my daughter did not do it," Stephanie Balentine said.
After numerous interviews, forensic analysis of the evidence by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and a detailed inspection of the Balentine's Chevrolet Cavalier, Longmont Police announced Thursday that they determined that Balentine's car was not involved in the fatal hit-and-run accident.
"Does that mean she was in church when this hit-and-run happened?" asked 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger.
"We believe her car is no longer responsible for the hit-and-run accident," said Cmdr. Jeff Satur. "We're pleading to the public. Somebody's got to know something about this accident. The person that ran over Jason Grimmer had to tell somebody."
Grimmer's grandfather, Geoff Waltz, told 7NEWS that he never wanted to see an innocent person held responsible for his grandson's death.
"It bothers me that it's gone this long and nobody's come forward," said Waltz. "Somebody can't be -- whether it's a man or a woman -- person enough or human enough, to come forward and say, 'Hey, I did this?' "If you did this, please turn yourself in. Make it right. Give the family closure."
Longmont Police don't know what kind of vehicle hit Grimmer. Investigators have surveillance video of Main Street from nearby businesses like Freddy's, Taco Bell and King Soopers, but none show the hit-and-run.
Police are still investigating to determine if Balentine will be charged with an unrelated hit-and-run accident on December 30, 2012 involving a parked car.
Longmont Police said they are asking that charges against Balentine for the New Year's Eve crash be dropped.
Police said they now need the public's help finding the vehicle that hit Grimmer. Officers are asking any witnesses who may have seen the crash near North Main Street and 21st Avenue on the night of New Year's Eve at approximately 10 p.m. to call Detective Stacey Graham at (303) 774-4392 or Master Police Officer Mike Stogsdill at (303) 774-4300, ext. 3355.21st Avenue on the night of New Year's Eve at approximately 10 p.m. to call Detective Stacey Graham at (303) 774-4392 or Master Police Officer Mike Stogsdill at (303) 774-4300, ext. 3355.
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