Longmont teen cleared in fatal NYE hit-and-run

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LONGMONT - Prosecutors in Boulder have dismissed a felony charge against a 19-year-old woman accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 16-year-old boy fleeing a fight on New Year's Eve.

Kendra Balentine was accused of hitting and killing Jason Grimmer in Longmont. She was arrested three days after the incident.

Balentine's Chevy Cavalier sustained damage to the front end, which police thought tied her to the crime. 

Investigators later determined the Chevy Cavalier was not involved in the fatal hit-and-run accident.

"Some of the witnesses at the scene connected us to that smaller vehicle, Kendra's vehicle. We are reviewing video that we have collected to see if we can come up with a description of the suspect's vehicle that we might be able to share," Commander Jeff Satur with the Longmont Police Department said. 

Investigators say Balentine and her vehicle were involved in an unrelated hit-and-run accident on Dec. 30, 2012 involving a parked car.

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Balentine, her family and pastor have always maintained her innocence. Balentine said she was at church when Grimmer was struck and killed.

"If there is a crime I committed, it's being in a church. If being in a church is a crime, then lock me up," Balentine told 9NEWS in January.

Kendra's Pastor, Corey Seulean, says he was helping the family get through one of the most difficult times in their life.

"I had to stand with her and do everything I can to support the family and do everything I can to help the truth come out," Seulean said. "I encouraged them not to be bitter, not to get angry but to do what we can to stand for the truth and pray."

The Longmont Police Department still needs the public's help in identifying the person responsible. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Stacey Graham at (303) 774-4392 or Master Police Officer Mike Stogsdill at (303) 774-4300, ext. 3355.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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