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8-year-old girl's DNA left on bumper of hit-and-run suspect's vehicle, police make arrest months later

Source: Venice Police Department, MEGA

Dec. 30 2021, Published 10:16 a.m. ET

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A Florida man was arrested months after he allegedly hit an 8-year-old girl with his car in September and fled the scene.

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Gregory J. Valentine, 64, was arrested last week after police allegedly found the 8-year-old victim’s DNA on the bumper of his vehicle.

The crash happened on Sept. 23 in the 600 block of Granada Avenue in Venice, Florida.

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Police say Valentine and his vehicle were identified a day after the crash, but authorities said they were waiting for the analysis of forensic evidence before completing their investigation, according to WFLA.

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Valentine has been charged with reckless driving and failure to stop or remain at a crash involving injuries.

The girl recovered from the collision and did not have any major injuries, according to the WFLA.


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