Second Man Arrested After Hit and Run Killed Teen Missouri Girl
A second man has been arrested for allegedly being involved in a hit and run that left a 13-year-old girl dead.
Ben Ressel, vice president of First Midwest Bank in Poplar Bluff, was booked by police on a charge of felony leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, reported KFVS.
“We were saddened by this young woman’s death and her family’s great loss,” said Dale Dickerson, executive vice president at the bank, in a statement. “We deeply regret that an employee is a suspect. The police will have our full cooperation if we can be of any assistance.”
The hit and run on December 9 around 7:15 p.m. left Heavenly Hafford dead.
She was first hit by a car, then a truck, as she walk walking in the road.
13-year-old Heavenly Hafford was struck & killed last night in a hit & run on this busy Poplar Bluff road. pic.twitter.com/R5YZsDrYF6
— Sherae Honeycutt (@shoneycuttkfvs) December 10, 2015
The drivers of both vehicles–a light blue Volkswagen Beetle and a black Ford F-150–fled the scene.
Randel Sparks, the owner of the Beetle, which was found by police damaged consistent with a crash, was arrested previously and has been charged with several crimes.
After Ressel was arrested, the police hailed the help received from the public.
“This arrest was the result of the tireless efforts of Investigators with the Poplar Bluff Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Crash Team and Division of Crime Control. The investigation was greatly assisted by leads provided by numerous concerned citizens of our community,” Poplar Bluff Police said in a statement, reported WSIL-TV.
The second arrest came after the truck was found and evidence was analyzed at the Missouri Highway Patrol’s crime lab.