Bond set at $100,000 for suspected hit-and-run driver

7:55 PM, Jan 4, 2013   |    comments
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Kendra Balentine, 18, appeared in court for the first time Friday afternoon to hear the charges against her. 

She faces a charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving death, a class 3 felony. During her advisement hearing, the judge set her bond at $100,000

Balentine was arrested at a gas station Thursday morning after police followed up on a tip made by someone who saw the story on a local media outlet. Police also recovered the suspected vehicle, a 2000 Chevy Cavalier, two-door, silver in color with a temporary plate. Police say the car shows signs of a "pedestrian accident."

At 9:48 p.m. on Monday, Longmont Police responded to a fight on the 2200 block of Main Street. Police could not locate all the fighting parties involved, so they left the scene.

A few minutes later, officers returned to the scene when they heard about another fight in the same area. Police say as Jason Grimmer, 16, ran away from the encounter, he was hit by a vehicle traveling southbound on Main Street.

Balentine is related to some of the people involved in the fight, according to Commander Jeff Satur with the Longmont Police Department. Police say she witnessed the fight but was not part of it.

Stephanie Balentine, Kendra's mother, says her daughter was not anywhere near Main Street at 10 p.m., when the incident occurred. She says the two were at a New Year's Eve church potluck for more than four hours.

Cell phone video taken by Stephanie Balentine during the church event appears to show Kendra at the potluck. She says other people at the event can back up her story.

Corey Seulean, pastor of the church, says that Kendra Balentine was at the church from 9 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. playing games with family and other churchgoers.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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