Hit and run suspect’s license revoked six times

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According to court documents acquired by 18 News, the suspect in Tuesday’s deadly hit and run in Elmira had her license revoked six times.

Sara Harnas, 40, of Elmira Heights, has been charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 1st Degree, a class E Felony.

More charges are expected after 68-year-old Charles Rogers died at Arnot Ogden Medical Center Tuesday evening after being struck while riding his bike on Grand Central Ave.

Court documents say Harnas was driving a 2006 Ford Fusion and was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. According to the Elmira Police Department, Harnas did not own the vehicle.

According to Elmira Heights Police Chief Rick Churches, Harnas turned on to Horseheads Boulevard after the crash and then turned right on to E. 14th Street. She then pulled over behind the old McDonald’s at the corner on Lake St.

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

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