Deputies: Driver intentionally hit man with vehicle in Henrietta

September 22, 2017 10:41 PM

UPDATE: Deputies say 20-year-old Kevin Martinez-Rivera is charged with assault for the incident at Alleson Athletics.

Deputies say there was an ongoing dispute between Martinez-Rivera and the victim 44-year-old Jose Cruz.

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Just before 3 p.m., deputies say Martinez-Rivera drove out of the parking lot on Birghton Henrietta Town Line Road, turned around and drove at Cruz at a high rate of speed. Investigators say he hit Cruz from behind.

Martinez-Rivera hit a number of other vehicles before taking off on foot, deputies say. We're told K-9 units were able to track him down within an hour.

Cruz suffered life-threatening injuries.

Cruz was arraigned and charged with assault. He is being held in Monroe County Jail. Investigators say the incident was witnessed by two other employees.


(Previous report)

A man was taken to the hospital after deputies say someone intentionally hit him with a vehicle at a Henrietta business.

It happened just before 3 p.m. on Friday at a parking lot at Alleson Athletic on Brighton Henrietta Town Line Road.

Monroe County Sheriff's investigators have been talking to witnesses and trying to piece together what happened in this parking lot.

"It appears two co-workers, male, from the business here, had some sort of dispute," says Capt. Jeff Wagner. "We don’t know exactly what that was. Ultimately one of the males struck the other male, the victim, with a motor vehicle."

Captain Wagner says deputies arrived to find one man injured. Wagner says the man driving the car took off running into a wooded area south of the location. Several other cars in the parking lot were also damaged. Deputies were able to catch up with the suspect with the help of canines. He is in custody. Captain Wagner says this is a very serious crime and could have had a much different outcome.

"When someone’s intentionally struck by a car that’s something we don’t see often," Wagner says. "But it is something that happens when emotions are high. The suspect and the victim in this case certainly did know each other or have a connection. We don’t know why that is or what brought this on."


Lynette Adams

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