NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - A tip has landed a Niagara Falls man in court, facing charges in a deadly hit-and-run crash.
Wednesday night, police arrested 55-year-old Francis Maikranz who is accused of driving the vehicle that hit 26-year-old Nicole Rodriguez and her six-year-old son.
Rodriguez died from her injuries.
Police are saying that the public's information helped track down the accused driver.
Officer James Van Egmond "If we didn't receive the information that we did from the public, we probably would not all be standing here today. I told you we went to the media outlets to get as much information out in the beginning, we were flooded with calls in the beginning. We don't have an exact number but it was 60+ phone calls we received."
Police say when they asked Maikranz why he left the scene, he said he did not know he hit something. He was arraigned earlier Thursday in Niagara Falls City Court. He is being charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He is currently in jail, bail is set at $100,000 for cash, $200,000 for property.
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Police say that with the assistance of local media, they were able to identify the person responsible.
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