UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Utica Police Department has reported that a woman was struck by a car and then attacked following a verbal dispute that occurred inside a local convenience store.
Around 3:15pm on August 29th, UPD responded to the scene of the incident at the 1500 block of Seymour Avenue. The vehicle involved had fled the scene, but investigators learned that the woman who was hit just had an argument with someone about an alleged theft at a nearby convenience store.
After leaving the store, the woman told police that she was walking down the street and suddenly saw a car driving directly toward her. Without enough time to respond, she was then hit at least once before falling to the ground. The driver, who would later be identified as 46-year-old Sanela Dizdarevic of Utica, then proceeded to exit her car and began repeatedly hitting the woman while on the ground. Dizdarevic then got back into her car and left.
Emergency services transported the victim to the hospital where she was treated for a broken leg and other non-life-threatening injuries. Her name has not been released.
Fortunately, shortly after the incident occurred, Sanela Dizdarevic was identified as the driver and found nearby. She has been arrested and charged with the following:
- Assault in the Second Degree
The investigation is still on-going, and more charges may be handed down in the future.