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GRANVILLE — Police late Friday seized a vehicle that was missing a sideview mirror that is being analyzed to determine whether it hit an elderly Hebron man last week.

The Granville woman who owns the vehicle would not consent to be questioned by police, instead referring them to her lawyer, Granville Police Chief Ernie Bassett said. She has not been charged or publicly identified as the inquiry continued Monday.

Police believe the elderly woman likely hit Frank Grunert, 78, of Hebron the night of Jan. 2 as he walked along Church Street to a nearby church. Grunert suffered a severe head injury and was in critical condition, but had improved as of Friday.

Bassett said the car was seized pursuant to a search warrant, and has been impounded pending an examination by State Police evidence technicians.

While witnesses to the collision told police they believe a truck was involved, Bassett said followup investigation led to the conclusion that it was more likely a car. A truck that had been seen in surveillance video was located and ruled out, and officials have also found surveillance video of the car on Church Street as well.

“We have witnesses who described a pickup truck, but the physical evidence matches a car,” Bassett said.

Bassett said the car was located at a home “not too far” from the crash scene, but he declined to elaborate.

“We attempted to interview her but we were directed to her attorney,” Bassett said.

Her lawyer, Michael Martin, said his client is in her 80s and did not realize she apparently hit a person that night. It appeared the mirror was the only part of the car that may have made contact, he added.

“My client is cooperating with police,” he said. “She doesn’t have any recollection of hitting anyone.”

“I don’t believe there was anything nefarious about it,” Martin added.

Bassett said it was unclear when a decision about potential charges will be made.

“We’ve made some headway, but it could be a little bit,” he said.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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