Driver Indicted for 2017 Hit-and-Run Crash That Injured Another Driver

Modified: July 31, 2019 7:29am

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7/31/2019

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 41-year-old Larry Jones of Buffalo has been arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek on an indictment charging him with one count of Assault in the Second Degree, a Class “D” felony, one count of Leaving the Scene of an Incident Resulting in Serious Injury, a Class “E” felony, Reckless Driving, a vehicle and traffic violation, and Speeding, an unclassified misdemeanor.

It is alleged that on June 26, 2017, at approximately 4:26 a.m., the defendant was driving a vehicle at a high-rate of speed on Masten Avenue near East Utica Street in the City of Buffalo when he caused a crash at the intersection with another vehicle. The collision caused the victim’s vehicle to crash into a tree and the defendant’s vehicle hit a garage and parked car. The defendant allegedly abandoned his vehicle and fled from the scene. 

The victim spent several months at Buffalo General Medical Center where he underwent surgeries and physical therapy for his injuries.

Jones remains held without bail. A return court date has not been scheduled at this time.

If convicted on the charges, Jones faces a maximum of 7 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends Officers David Rodriguez and Patrick McDonald as well as Lt. John Pietrzak of the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher M. McCarthy of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.