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Assault with vehicle leaves one teen hospitalized

A 17-year-old Town of Tonawanda girl remained hospitalized Monday, following a weekend incident that left an 18-year-old Kenmore woman charged with assault, accused of running the other teen over twice with an SUV, Town of Tonawanda police say.

And it all started, police said, with an argument that began with Facebook postings and texts.

Madeline Silvia, the 17-year-old, remained in fair condition Monday morning in Erie County Medical Center, after police said she suffered pelvic and spinal injuries in the incident.

Following the attack, Town of Tonawanda and Kenmore police teamed up to arrest 18-year-old Liana Nieves in her Kenmore home. She is charged with first-degree assault and some traffic violations, town police said.

The incident occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Friday on Chaplin Drive in the town, where Silvia had gone to visit a friend. As the social-media dispute continued, Nieves drove an SUV to the Chaplin Drive address.

“The two of them, according to witnesses, get into a verbal argument in person outside the vehicle,” Lt. Nicholas A. Bado said, based on the police reports.

Then, as Nieves returned to her vehicle, Silvia began pounding on the driver’s side door and then walked out in front of the vehicle.

Witnesses have told police that Nieves intentionally struck Silvia with the vehicle, before striking her again.

Nieves drove away, before being arrested at her home. She later was taken to the Erie County Holding Center following her arraignment.