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Sheldon Hit-And-Run Accident Kills Dog, Injures Teen Girls

While Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative may have impacted the number of traffic fatalities and injuries, it’s not having much effect on hit-and-run instances. According to New York Police Department data, there were roughly 36,000 hit-and-run instances in 2013. That number rose to 46,000 in 2017. The great majority of hit-and-run accidents resulted in just property damage. Despite that, the number of people injured in hit-and-run accidents rose to more than 5,000 in 2017. This is a 14% increase over the number of hit-and-run injuries in 2013. Police make arrests in less than 1% of hit-and-run cases.

The Buffalo News reports that police have arrested a woman in connection with a hit-and-run accident that killed a dog and injured two teenage girls.

27-year-old Lauren M. Hall was arrested last Tuesday and is facing several charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash in the Town of Sheldon.

The crash happened on August 15th before 8:15 p.m. when troopers out of the Warsaw Police Station responded to an incident on Dutch Hollow Road.

A 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl were walking their Australian Shepherd on the grass next to the roadway. A dark-colored vehicle swerved onto the lawn, striking and killing the dog. The two young girls were injured.

The 12-year-old suffered from serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The 14-year-old suffered from minor injuries.

Media and area tips led troopers to the vehicle involved, a black 2017 Chevrolet Trax. The Bureau of Criminal Investigations then were able to determine who was behind the wheel.

Hall is facing charges of felony leaving the scene of an accident involving serious personal injury, fourth-degree criminal mischief, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, unsafe lane change, and leaving the scene of an accident involving death to certain animals.

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