UPDATE: Female driver in hit and run has been identified

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UPDATE (8:55 p.m.): The suspect of a hit and run has been identified as Sara Harnas, 40, of Elmira Heights.

According to the Elmira Police Department, Harnas was charged with the following:

  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident and
  • Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st Degree, a class E Felony.

Harnas was arraigned in Elmira City Court and remanded to the Chemung County Jail with bail set at $50,000 or $100,000 bond.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected. The condition and identity of the bicyclist will be provided at a later time.

The Elmira Police Department was assisted by the Elmira Heights and Horseheads Police Departments and the New York State Police.

UPDATE (5:44 p.m.): A 40-year-old female was taken into custody and processed for DWI following a hit and run, according to the Elmira Police Department. A 68-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured as a result.

Police say a witness observed the striking vehicle traveling north on Grand Central Ave. in an erratic manner while having extensive damage. The witness called 911 and remained on the phone with dispatchers while following the vehicle until officers could catch the suspect.

The cyclist is in critical condition at an area hospital.

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): Elmira Police have confirmed with 18 News that Tuesday afternoon’s accident was a hit and run. Police say the middle-aged female driver was stopped in Elmira Heights.

The adult cyclist was taken to an area hospital.

UPDATE (3:00 p.m.): One person was transported to the hospital by ambulance after a car accident on Grand Central Ave., according to Lt. Solt of the Elmira Police.

The condition of that patient is not known at this time. Officials tell 18 News that the accident is “serious.”

Grand Central Ave. is closed from the Clemens Center extension to Elmira Heights.

Witnesses at the scene reported a mangled bike and shoes on the road.

18 News will have more on this story as it develops.

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