TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A Town of Tonawanda teen has been hospitalized with serious injuries after police say another teen ran her over during an argument.
Police say Liana Nieves, who just turned 18 on Sunday, drove to Chaplin Drive to confront 17-year-old Maddy Silvia last Friday. A witness tells News 4 that Nieves warned Silvia that she would run her over before doing so, putting Silvia in the hospital with pelvic and spinal injuries.
News 4 has learned the altercation may have come about because of an argument on social media. Town of Tonawanda Police say as social media and cell phone use among teens has grown, they have seen a difference in some of their reported crimes.
Lt. Nick Bado said, "We'd see a lot of harassment and other altercations that would happen over the phone and sometimes end there. But sometimes escalate to something more serious like this one did."
Both Nieves and Silvia attend Kenmore West High School. At one point during the argument last Friday, police say Nieves got into her car just as Silvia walked in front of it.
"Liana hits the gas on purpose. Strikes her. Throws the body a distance forward. She continues without her foot on the gas. The car is just rolling, according to witnesses. Steps on the gas a second time and drives over the body as it lay in the roadway as she flees the scene," Lt. Bado said.
Silvia's friend Corey Whitney was shaken, seeing her in the hospital with serious injuries.
"It's just really, you know, shocking," he said.
Whitney says Silvia is a fun girl who's strong and he thinks she will fight through her injuries, to her pelvis, spine and ribs. He doesn't know much about what led to the assault.
"I heard it was just fights. High school stuff that was elevated into something this bad," Whitney said.
But he hopes at the very least, other kids learn something from the crime.
"I hope kids realize stuff like this does happen. So if you say stuff, even joking around, can be perceived by that person or their friends or family, and things can escalate very quick. I don't think kids realize that," he said.
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