Tonawanda News

April 30, 2013

Kenmore teen hits classmate with SUV

By Jessica Bagley
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A Kenmore teen was arrested Friday after allegedly running over her classmate with an SUV during a fight, Town of Tonawanda Police said. 

Lt. Nick Bado said the fight between the two girls, 18-year-old Liana Nieves and another 17-year-old female, began over social media. 

“These two girls were continuing an argument on Facebook, Twitter and text messages,” he said. “Eventually, the girls began talking about fighting each other.”

The two teens, who both attend Kenmore West, then met on Chaplin Drive in the town. Nieves got out of her car, police said, and the two had an argument in the street. 

“Some things were said about the car,” Bado said. “The victim may have said ‘why don’t you run me over with the car.’”

Nieves got back into the SUV and (the second teen) followed her to the vehicle in attempt to incite a fight, officials said. She knocked on the driver’s window, and then made her way in front of the vehicle. 

“Nieves pressed on the gas, and struck the victim, sending her body tumbling away from the vehicle,” Bado said. “According to witnesses, she then continued to coast, and drove over her body again.”

The teenage victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center with injuries to her pelvis and spine. Although the injures were described as serious, she was listed in fair condition as of Monday afternoon. 

Nieves fled the scene, but police were able to locate her at her Kenmore home. Bado said she agreed to come into the station to give a statement, and police then charged her with first-degree assault, a B felony. 

She was arraigned on the charge over the weekend and is now being held at the Erie County Holding Center.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150