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Cops: Arrest in hit-run death of Binghamton student Stefani Lineva

Binghamton City police said they have arrested a

Binghamton City police said they have arrested a suspect in the hit-run death of SUNY Binghamton student Stefani Lineva, 20, of Queens. Photo Credit: SUNY Binghamton

A Binghamton man was arrested Thursday in the hit-and-run death last weekend of a SUNY Binghamton junior from Queens, police said.

Aizaz A. Siddiqui, 26, was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident resulting in death, a Class D felony, officials said.

Police said Siddiqui was the driver of a vehicle that early Saturday struck and killed Stefani Lineva, 20, of Middle Village, a member of the school’s women’s tennis team and a first-semester transfer from Adelphi University in Garden City.

Siddiqui was ordered held without bail at arraignment Thursday afternoon in Binghamton City Court.

“Our police department, and specifically the detective bureau, tirelessly followed leads and put on a full-court press in working this case,” Binghamton Mayor Richard C. David said in a statement. “In addition, this community should be commended for its support and attention in ensuring justice is done.”

The Associated Press reported Lineva was found lying in the eastbound lane of Route 434, which borders the Binghamton campus, about 2 a.m. Saturday. Authorities said Lineva was transported to UHS Wilson Medical Center in nearby Johnson City, where she was pronounced dead.

Siddiqui’s arrest came five days later, after authorities announced a $10,000 reward.

Officials did not specify how detectives determined Siddiqui was the suspected driver of the vehicle that struck Lineva.

According to the Binghamton University website, university president Harvey Stenger called the arrest “an important step in the investigation.”

“However, the campus community continues to mourn the tragic loss of Stefani,” Stenger said. “Our thoughts remain with her family, teammates and friends during this very difficult and emotional time.”

A graduate of Forest Hills High School, Lineva was the runner-up in the Public Schools Athletic League New York City singles tennis championships as a senior. She was the Northeast-10 Rookie of the Year at Adelphi in 2014-15, going a combined 31-6 in singles and doubles, including 22-1 against conference opponents. Last spring, as an all-conference player, Lineva played No. 1 singles as she led Adelphi to its first-ever conference title.


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