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UPDATE: Victims Identified in Rochester Hit-and-Run

July 13, 2017 Scene Photo: Elise Romas/ABC 6 News. July 13, 2017 Scene

July 17, 2017 03:04 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Rochester Police have identified the two victims in last Thursday's hit-and-run.

Police have identified them as Chad Grutzmacher, 26, of Rochester and Dasia Simmons, 19, of Rochester.

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According to Mayo Clinic, Grutzmacher is in good condition, Simmons is not listed. Police say the two were injured on their motorcycle after being hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Civic Center Drive and East Center St on July 13.

Previous story:

(ABC 6 News) -- Rochester Police report having a person of interest following Thursday night’s hit and run involving a motorcycle and car in downtown Rochester.

According to Rochester Police Lt. Mike Sadauskis, it happened around 9:30 p.m. on July 13 at the intersection of Civic Center Drive and East Center St. 

Police said a motorcycle was traveling north on Third Ave. and approaching East Center St.  when a Chevrolet Malibu turned left from Civic Center Drive in front of the motorcycle.

Lt. Sadauskis said the motorcycle hit the side of the car, injuring both the driver of the motorcycle and his passenger.  The driver of the car stopped for a moment, according to Lt. Sadauskis, but then took off at a high rate of speed. 

The driver of the motorcycle, a 26-year-old man from Rochester, and his passenger, a 19-year-old woman from Rochester, were treated on-scene and taken to the hospital for serious injuries.  Police said the driver was not wearing a helmet.

Around 2:15 a.m. on Friday, July 14, the original responding officer to the scene was patrolling the neighborhoods in the area of the accident when he spotted a vehicle matching the description witnesses gave.  Lt. Sadauskis said a Chevrolet Malibu with a missing passenger side mirror, damage to the side of the vehicle and damage to the wheel rim, was found parked in the driveway of a home on the 1300 block of 4th St. NE.  The officer was able to make contact with the owner of the car who denied being in the crash and driving the vehicle. 

The vehicle was towed away and Lt. Sadauskis said the department is waiting on approval for a warrant to search the vehicle.  No arrests have been made, however, Lt. Sadauskis said there could be charges.


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