Rome Man Accused of Hitting Pedestrian, Driving Off This Week Also Charged in 2022 Incident
Investigators in Rome believe they have identified the driver responsible for Wednesday's hit-and-run incident involving a car and a pedestrian on Black River Boulevard. And, the driver is also suspected of leaving the scene of an accident in a September 2022 incident, police said.
One day after Wednesday's hit-and-run involving the pedestrian, Rome Police arrested 33-year-old Matthew Rivera on an unrelated warrant for leaving the scene of a property damage accident for an incident on September 13 of last year, police said. Then Rivera was issued an appearance ticket for this week's car/pedestrian hit and run which happened just after 12-noon on Wednesday along the 1600 block of Black River Boulevard.
The 24-year-old pedestrian was seriously injury, but is recovering and is now listed in stable condition at a local hospital, officials said.
Rivera faces charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and being an unlicensed operator, investigator say. In announcing the arrest/issuance of appearance tickets to Rivera, police said he was simply released with an appearance ticket - citing NY Bail Reform laws as the reason he had to be released on his own recognizance.
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