LONGMONT- Three days after Kendra Balentine, 19, was cleared of charges related to a fatal hit and run crash on New Year's Eve, she was in church at the Messiahville Baptist Church.
Her pastor, Corey Seulean, was by her side the entire time.
Seulean told police that the teen was in church when the fatal crash happened. But, it wasn't until Thursday that Longmont police determined Balentine was innocent.
Pastor Seulean crafted a special sermon for Balentine on Sunday. He talked about the trials and tribulations in life and how God is always when you need him. He even shared the story of how she chose to be in church on New Year's Eve instead of going to a party.
"There are some people who chose to come to a watch night service - a New Year's Eve get together - as an alternative to a worldly party. We had a nice gathering a nice get together fun time. The Lord was with us and then three days later Kendra Balentine got arrested for something she did not do," Seulean said.
The pastor talked about what things were like for the teen while she was waiting and hoping that the charges would be dropped. He said she was depressed and didn't want to leave the house.
"This has been very devastating for her, she has been discouraged. She told me there are days she doesn't want to leave her home because people might recognize her, think she's guilty. Her family received death threats," Seulean said.
After spending seven days behind bars and posting five thousand dollar bond, Seulean says she never missed a day of church service. She would come to pray and be with God.
"She and her family were in every service the whole time just letting God know we want you to help us, we need you to help us. And I am here to testify that God did help them. The charges were dropped," Seulean said.
Seulean says the new challenge is trying to clear Balentines name. He fears when future employers try to look up her name, they will judge her based on a crime she had absolutely nothing to do with.
He says he will do what he can to try and get the charge expunged from her record and her name completely cleared.
Longmont police are still looking for the driver who hit and killed Jason Grimmer on New Year's Eve. They are asking anyone with information to contact the department.
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