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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TOWN OF LOCKPORT — A Van Buren Street woman was charged Monday with leaving the scene of an accident and harassment after she reportedly ran over two workers at the Woodlands trailer park.

According to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office report, the workers were rerouting traffic away from Lockwood Drive around 3:30 p.m. in order to back a large trailer into an open lot when Renee S. Esposito, 40, 121 Van Buren St., approached in a red Dodge Stratus, attempting to go through the road block.

One of the workers told Esposito she had to turn around, to which Esposito responded by getting out of her vehicle and slapping him "in the face several times." She then re-entered her car and attempted to leave.

The workers "stood in front of her car to prevent her from leaving, and instructed other workers to call 911. Esposito hit her accelerator and struck (both workers) with her vehicle." One went over the hood and then fell onto the ground, while the other was struck in the arm.

When patrol arrived, the workers both complained to patrol about minor injuries, but both parties signed off with Rapids Volunteer Fire Co. Esposito was already gone from the scene.

When patrol went to her house, she admitted to hitting them with her vehicle and said "They can't tell me I'm not allowed to go that way, I have no idea how to get around in that trailer park."

She said that the worker who went over the hood had jumped in front of the car. She later said "Did I hit him with my car? Yes. I felt threatened."

Patrol found that her license had been suspended for an insurance lapse and a failure to answer a summons. She was taken into custody and charged with two counts of leaving the scene of an injury accident, second-degree harassment, failure to use due care to a pedestrian and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. She is scheduled to appear at the Town of Lockport Court on Oct. 21.

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