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Albany Police: Suspect pleads not guilty in fatal hit-and-run

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Eckhardt-Rigberg (Albany Police photo) Eckhardt-Rigberg (Albany Police photo)
The scene of the incident Saturday, Third St. and Henry Johnson Blvd. in Albany (NEWS10 ABC) The scene of the incident Saturday, Third St. and Henry Johnson Blvd. in Albany (NEWS10 ABC)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Albany Police have arrested the man they say was the driver in Saturday's fatal hit-and-run incident in the city.

19-year-old Ian Eckhardt-Rigberg, of Albany, turned himself into police late Tuesday afternoon, a news release stated.

According to police, Eckhardt-Rigberg has been charged with Manslaughter 2nd-degree and a felony charge of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Auto Accident Resulting in Death in connection with the incident that killed 53-year old Albany resident Rozell Whitehead.

Eckhardt-Rigberg pleaded not guilty to both charges in Albany City Court during his arraignment on Wednesday morning.

It is alleged that Eckhardt-Rigberg struck Whitehead at the corner of Henry Johnson Boulevard and Third Street around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said Eckhardt-Rigberg did not stop after hitting Whitehead and continued to drive south down Henry Johnson.

Shortly afterward, Albany police said Eckhardt-Rigberg did report being in an accident to Bethlehem Police. His case was turned over to Albany Police once his involvement in the hit-and-run accident was determined.

He is currently being held without bail.

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