The Daily Star reported recently that a man from Kansas is in custody in the Otsego County Jail after a hit-and-run accident in Hartwick in which he allegedly tried to purposefully run someone over.
The suspect, a native of Lawrence, Kansas, faces charges of second degree attempted murder, vehicular assault, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, and driving while intoxicated (DUI.) According to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred on Wednesday, November 18, on State Route 28 in Hartwick, when the suspect, driving a 2013 Hyundai, drove off the roadway and shoulder and into a grassy area in front of TOPS Plaza, striking a pedestrian well off the roadway.
Eyewitnesses stated the suspect then sped back onto the road, swerving around other vehicles and heading south down SR 28 at a high rate of speed. Responding deputies forwarded the suspect vehicle information to other LEO agencies in the region.
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New York State Police units located the vehicle near the interchange between I-88 and SR28 and noted it had extensive front end damage, so they stopped the vehicle and detained the man until Otsego deputies arrived. Investigators believe the man struck the victim intentionally and with malice.
He is being held at Otsego County Jail on $300,000 bond. The victim is in stable condition at a local hospital.