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Jun 5, 2014 8:06 PM

Pat Suter Hit and Run Investigation Update

CORPUS CHRISTI - A key piece of evidence in a hit and run case on Ocean Drive last year is finally back from the crime lab, according to District Attorney Mark Skurka.

That crash seriously a injured local attorney, Richard Leshin, and later lead to the arrest of a well known environmentalist, Pat Suter.

The long awaited test results involve paint chips from Suter's car that could connect her vehicle to the bike Leshin was riding at the time.

The paint chips were initially sent to a crime lab in the Rio Grande Valley, but there were problems there, so it went to another lab in Austin that suffers from a huge backlog of cases.

Skurka didn't confirm what the results of the lab testing showed.

While those tests were pending, the case was at a standstill.

Skurka told us back in March, "Obviously, we can go to the grand jury with the evidence that we have now, but we would like to have all the evidence to present to the grand jury, and this test is a crucial piece of evidence."

Suter has never denied she hit Leshin in March of last year.

Her claim is that she thought it was a trash can, and that's why she didn't stop.

Shortly after it happened, her former attorney Mark DiCarlo pointed out that she may not have realized she hit a person due to difficulties with her vision.

"It was dark, she was having problems, documented problems, with that right eye, which would have been the one in her field of vision," he said.

11 days after the crash, Suter was arrested.

Her car, with obvious front end damage, was impounded.

Richard Leshin suffered a broken left ankle and two broken vertebrae in his neck, among other injuries.

He was hospitalized after the crash, then had to wear a cast and a neck brace.

Leshin said last year that despite her age or status in society, Pat Suter should be prosecuted and punished.

According to Skurka this week, a grand jury will likely hear the case in the coming weeks.

Suter's family recently hired well-known defense attorney Mike Deguerin out of Houston to defend her.

Deguerin was unavailable for comment Thursday.


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