Buffalo Woman Charged With Hitting Protester with Car
A Buffalo woman is being accused of hitting a bicyclist with her car in Niagara Square.
According to reporting done by WKBW, Joanna Gollnau, a 25-year-old Buffalo woman, was arrested, charged, and arraigned with felony reckless endangerment and reckless driving after n incident that a woman injured with several broken bones. Ms. Gollnau entered a plea of not guilty to the charges.
The incident is alleged to have occurred on the night of September 23rd in Downtown Buffalo.
There was a group of people gathered in Niagara Square protesting the decision by a Louisville, Kentucky grand jury regarding the death of Breonna Taylor.
The victim, later identified as Karen Huffman, was on a bicycle with the crowd of protesters when she was hit.
A source told WKBW Gollnau allegedly said she "thought she had a clear lane of traffic" when she struck Huffman and then pulled over but was allegedly chased and pepper sprayed by those who were gathered in the square.
After the arraignment hearing, Ms. Gollnau was released on her own recognizance, without bail. In the interim, Buffalo City Court Judge Jaharr Pridgen suspended her New York State Drivers License and ordered to return to court in early January '21.