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Man accused in hit-and-run case surrenders in US

india Updated: Jun 28, 2006 13:32 IST

Fayetteville police have arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with a hit-and-run accident a year ago that left a University of Arkansas student from India dead.

John Stanley Secrest on Tuesday turned himself in to the Shelby County Sheriff's Department in Memphis, Tennessee, Fayetteville police said.

The felony warrant was issued on Friday for Secrest after police received an anonymous tip and conducted interviews implicating Secrest in the July 2, 2005, death of Karthikeyan Sennimalai. The student was walking home when he was hit by a car and killed, police said.

Police said Secrest will remain in the Shelby County jail until he is extradited to Washington County.

Police detectives found the car involved in the accident and records of damage to it at the time of the student's death.

Additional information indicated Secrest was driving the vehicle when Sennimalai was killed, police said.

Sennimalai, 27, was hit by a light-coloured Ford Mustang at 1:44 a.m. as he and his roommate, Deepali Kumta, were walking home from a night on Dickson Street, a popular college district.

Police recovered a radio antenna at the scene, which they believe came from the car that killed Sennimalai.

Sennimalai had planned to enter a master's program at the university in August 2005.