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Police: Hit-and-run leaves one injured


By Melanie Lekocevic

Capital Region Independent Media

CAIRO — An alleged hit-and-run accident in the town of Cairo left one person injured and property damaged, according to state police.

Jovan Quillie-Louise Pelton, 24, of Cairo, was arrested and faces multiple charges following an accident on county Route 67 on Feb. 5.

State police responded to the scene of a vehicle accident at around 6:45 a.m. in front of 1998 County Route 67 after a report was made to Greene County 911 for an alleged hit-and-run collision involving two vehicles.

Police say the driver of a 2008 Volkswagon was traveling northwest on Route 67 and attempted to pass another vehicle on the road, a 2012 Kia, which was traveling in the same direction.

The Volkswagon allegedly struck the Kia, causing the vehicle to drive off the roadway and strike a ditch, damaging a mailbox and mailbox post, as well as the lawn of the home where the accident took place, state police said in a statement.

“There were two passengers in the vehicle, one passenger was injured with non-life-threatening injuries,” according to state police. “The Volkswagon that struck the Kia fled the area.”

The identity of the two individuals in the Kia was not released by police.

State troopers were able to get a license plate number for the vehicle that allegedly fled the scene and identified the driver, police said.

Troopers went to a residence on Cornell Avenue and questioned Pelton.

“While speaking with Pelton, troopers determined that he struck the other vehicle and fled the area,” according to police.

Pelton was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony.

He also faces charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and second-degree reckless endangerment, both class A misdemeanors, and reckless endangerment of property, a class B misdemeanor.

Pelton was also charged with reckless driving, an unclassified misdemeanor.

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