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October 18, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Seattle man pleads not guilty to fatal hit and run

A Seattle man accused of killing a man in a wheelchair pleaded not guilty Tuesday to vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run driving.

Daniel Mozzochi, 26, is accused of running a red light and striking Douglas Lefever with his car  in Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood at 12:30 a.m. Oct 2.  Police say Mozzochi kept driving and a witness reported his license-plate number.

Seattle police arrested him after he pulled his vehicle into a driveway.

A case-setting hearing for Mozzochi is scheduled for Nov. 2 at the King County Courthouse. He remains in jail in lieu of  $250,000 bail.

Lefever, 57, was active in city transportation issues, especially when it came to making sure city streets were wheelchair-accessible. He volunteered at a number of charities and in 1995 received the Hunthausen Award for helping homeless or formerly homeless men at St. Martin’s on Westlake shelter.

Lefever also donated accounting services to The Giving Tree, a shop within St. Martin’s where residents build wooden toys and furniture.

“I love to help people grow,” Lefever told The Seattle Times in 1995.

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