Reward Granted in Hit-Run, Despite Family's Objections

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park street hit run 5 30 08 from ap ovn Reward Granted in Hit Run, Despite Family's ObjectionsHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A judge has granted a $10,000 reward in connection with a 2008 Hartford hit-and-run that drew national attention because nobody helped the victim.

A judge Wednesday ruled that Ana Santiago deserved the reward for providing information that led to the arrest and conviction of Luis Negron, despite objections from the victim’s family.

Negron was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 years in prison for the May 2008 hit-and-run that paralyzed 78-year-old Angel Arce Torres. Torres died about a year later.

The victim’s son told a judge Wednesday that Santiago does not deserve the money because she withheld crucial information and protected Negron for a year before coming forward. Santiago and Negron knew each other.

Prosecutors and the judge said they had no choice but to award her the money.
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Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

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