Tonawanda News

July 24, 2013

Teen pleads to assault

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Liana Nieves, 18, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault Tuesday in Erie County Court for running over a fellow Kenmore West student with an SUV.

The incident took place after a fight began between the two teens on social media sites and text messaging. Nieves and Madeline Silvia, 17, then met on Chaplin Drive in the Town of Tonawanda. 

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 after the arrest occurred. “The victim may have said ‘why don’t you run me over with the car.’”

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

Nieves then pressed on the gas, and struck the victim. Silvia’s body tumbled away from the vehicle. Witnesses told police that Nieves then continued to coast, and drove over her body again.

Silvia was taken to the Erie County Medical Center with serious physical injuries to her internal organs and pelvic bone. 

The suspect fled the scene, but police were able to locate her at her Kenmore home. She agreed to come into the station to give a statement, and police then charged her with first-degree assault.

Nieves faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in state prison when she is sentenced at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 by Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski.