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Deadly Hit and Run Suspect Faces Judge

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 06:54 PM EDT
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PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP (James Jackson) -- A driver, who Franklin County sheriff's deputies say hit a woman on a motorcycle, then left the scene, faced a judge today. Rex Hamilton is charged with failure to stop after an accident and tampering with evidence.

Sheriff's deputies say Hamilton didn't stop at National and Amity Roads Saturday afternoon, and hit a motorcyclist and the passenger.

Melody Maynard lives down the street and was sitting on her porch, when she heard the crash. "It was literally in the blink of an eye. He just went by and they were just going down Broad minding their business and it was all over within seconds," Maynard said.

Melody's husband, Gene Maynard, rushed over. "I was thinking I might help them out and covered the lady up. But, when I got there, she already had a lot of people around her," Maynard said.

Investigators say that passenger, Lena Clark, died at the hospital. They have not released the name or condition of the motorcycle's driver.

Our cameras were there when deputies found the truck they say hit the motorcycle. It was behind a shed, at a home, on Amity Road, not far from the accident.

The suspect, Rex Hamilton, appeared in court Monday for the crime. Deputies say he told them he didn't see the bike at the stop sign.

Hamilton is in the Franklin County Jail on $200,000 bond.Deadly Hit and Run Suspect Faces Judge
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