BUFFALO, NY — Buffalo Police made an arrest in connection with the deadly hit-and-run on Bailey Avenue back on May 26.
BREAKING: BPD make arrest in connection with May 26th hit & run on Bailey Avenue.— Buffalo Police Dept (@BPDAlerts) August 20, 2017
Police arrested Wade Sanders, 54, who is accused of hitting and killing Arthur Redrick, 60, who was walking across the street.
Sanders was arraigned in Buffalo City Court Sunday morning on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury. He's being held on $100,000 bail. His next court appearance is scheduled for this Friday.
Police say the city's "safecam" program was instrumental in identifying the vehicle involved in that hit and run.
The family of the victim says they were instrumental in the arrest. Tanika Lucas, who is a niece of the victim, told 2 On Your Side that they had heard from an acquaintance that Sanders was the driver who struck her uncle and they began to look for him. According to Lucas, they spotted Sanders driving on Saturday, followed him and confronted him when he got out of the car. She says it was the family who detained him until police arrived to make the arrest. Lucas also said that Sanders was with an off duty Buffalo Police Officer when they found him. Police say Sanders told the officer what happened and the officer then called accident investigators to take him into custody.
Lucas told reporters on Sunday that Sanders also happens to be a family friend who told her parents what happened. "He was a friend to my Mom and my Dad. He did explain to my Mom that he was sorry, she said he repeatedly apologized and he just told her like...I did it but I was drunk. I don't why I didn't come and talk to to you all but I did do it."
Police say they are confirming accounts of what happened with the arrest and the chance encounter with the off duty officer.