Woman charged in hit-and-run that critically injured UB student

Woman charged in hit-and-run that critically injured UB student

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University at Buffalo police released this surveillance camera image of a car believed to have been involved in a hit-and-run that left a student critically injured Nov. 1. (Photo courtesy of UB Police)

A 20-year-old Clifton Park woman has been arraigned on two charges related to a hit-and-run accident that left a 20-year-old University at Buffalo student with a traumatic brain injury, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Hannah Christensen, 20, of the Albany suburb of Clifton Park was arraigned before Amherst Town Court Judge Geoffrey Klein on one count of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, which is a Class E felony, as well as one count of failure to yield to a pedestrian, a vehicle and traffic violation.

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn alleges that on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at approximately 9:47 p.m., the defendant hit a pedestrian in the crosswalk while driving her car on Hadley Road in front of the Hadley Village Apartments on UB’s North Campus. The defendant did not stop and drove away from the scene.

Another woman, who was driving her vehicle in the opposite direction, witnessed the crash. She immediately stopped to help the victim and called 911.

The pedestrian, a 20-year-old female undergraduate student at UB, was taken to Erie County Medical Center in critical condition.

The victim, who remains hospitalized, suffered a fractured pelvis and a fractured skull, which resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

The defendant waived her felony hearing and was released on her own recognizance. A return date has not been scheduled as the case was held for action of the grand jury.

If convicted, Christensen faces a maximum of four years in prison.

Flynn commended the investigative work of the University at Buffalo Police Department.

The case is being prosecuted by Paul J. Glascott, chief of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau.

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