NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - Niagara Falls Police say a tip from a citizen led to the arrest of 55-year-old Francis Maikranz, the man who allegedly hit a young mother and her son on Hyde Park Boulevard and left them on the side of the road.
Maikranz was arrested Wednesday evening at his home on Pretoria Street in the Falls and his car was impounded. Police say Maikranz is the driver who hit 26-year-old Nicole Rodriguez and her 6-year-old son around 10 p.m. on June 18th as they crossed Hyde Park Boulevard. Rodriguez later died of her injuries.
Dana Rivers, the victim's mother, said, "The car was out in the driveway for a little while, but then it was gone. And they found it in the back. They were already repairing it. They had all the car parts in the house that they had taken off the car. [The police] took them with them. They took the car. I want to kill him."
Marikranz's arrest comes just one day after police said they identified video that may have shown the car that hit Rodriguez. Tips from the public came in and police were quick to arrest their suspect.
Marikranz is being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a felony. Police tell News 4 they will hold a press conference Thursday morning to release more details about this case. We'll bring you the latest.
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