Woman, 24, pleads not guilty in Saugus hit-and-run

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January 30, 2012, 5:26 pm
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(NECN: John Moroney) - After 81-year-old Christos Agganis was killed by a hit-and-run driver two years ago as he was crossing the street in front of his family's restaurant in Saugus, Mass., his loved ones never gave up hope that justice would be done.

Steffany Barbanti of Saugus pleaded not guilty in Lynn District Court to charges stemming from the deadly 2012 accident, which happened exactly two years to the day of her arrest last weekend.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old tried to conceal evidence of the crash. They now have her vehicle -- a white Acura -- but her attorney says that the car does not match the one spotted at the time of the accident -- a dark SUV.

Investigators received a tip about the case after a TV report aired about the stalled investigation. Police then interviewed a Saugus woman and friend of the defendant who said she knew of the accident and claimed Barbanti was texting when it occurred.

The victim's family had doubled the reward money in the case to $10,000 last week, but they say the tipster doesn't want it.

Barbanti was held on $7,500 cash bail and will appear back in court in the next few months.

Tags: Saugus , hit and run, Christos Agganis, Steffany Barbanti
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