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DUI Driver With License Suspended 6 Times Kills Bicyclist

Millions of New Yorkers choose to use bicycles as a mode of transportation each year. Some choose to only bike occasionally, while others bike daily either for fitness or as a part of their commute. While generally, most drivers are conscientious of bicyclists in the city, following a few safety tips can help ensure you’re not injured. Of course, you should always ride on the right side of the street and travel in the same direction as the traffic around you. Always dress in bright colors, especially neon, so that you can be easily seen by other drivers. You should always avoid cycling at night.

The Star Gazette reports on a woman charged in the death of a bicyclist in Elmira. Police responded to the scene at about 2 p.m. on Sunday. The accident happened on Grand Central Avenue and East McCanns Boulevard.

At the scene, police found 68-year-old Charles G. Rogers seriously injured. A witness to the accident stayed to render aid. Despite efforts, Rogers succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Rogers fled the scene. However, a witness to the accident reported the vehicle driving erratically on Grand Central moments before the accident. Elmira Heights police officers were able to identify the driver. She is 40-year-old Sara Harnas. She has been charged with first-degree unlicensed operation along with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Both charges are felonies.

Police believe that Harnas was intoxicated at the time of the accident. The complaint filed against Harnas indicated that her license had been suspended six times before being revoked.

 

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