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Driver who killed girl in hit and run claims he is legally blind and thought he hit deer

By Mason White 8:45 AM November 30, 2015
Hector Arroyo 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A driver who killed a girl in a hit and run incident, told investigators that since he is legally blind, he shouldn’t be charged with a crime, police in Michigan said.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested Hector Arroyo, after being accused of running over 13-year-old Helina Dirba, and fleeing from the scene.

He was charged with involuntary homicide-manslaughter with a vehicle, driving while license suspended causing death and failure to stop at the scene of a crash causing injury or death.

If convicted, Arroyo faces up to 15 years in prison.

According to the police, Arroyo told investigators that he did not stay at the scene of the incident because he was driving without a license.

Arroyo said that he thought he hit a deer, but Helina was hit while crossing a street in the crosswalk around 7:30 a.m. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died several days later.

Arroyo’s license was suspended several years ago because he is legally blind.