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Updated Nov 25, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Driver pleads not guilty in Chandler hit-and-run

PHOENIX — A driver involved in a hit-and-run accident that critically
injured two children last month in Chandler has pleaded not
guilty in the case.

Maricopa County prosecutors said 43-year-old Nathan Joseph Painter entered his
plea Monday. His next scheduled court appearance is Jan. 14.

Chandler police arrested Painter on suspicion of aggravated assault,
endangerment and hit-and-run charges in the Oct. 26 crash.

Authorities said Painter apparently lost control of his pickup truck, ran off a
road and collided with the rear of a car on another road. The car rolled twice.

Police said two 3-year-old boys in the other vehicle suffered critical injuries
while the driver and a 2-year-old girl had minor injuries. All of the children
were in safety seats.

Painter also was injured in the collision.

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