Charges filed in hit-and-run at Niagara Square protest

Sep 25, 2020

Buffalo Police announced Friday morning that charges have been filed in connection with a hit-and-run that left a bicyclist injured during Wednesday evening's Breonna Taylor protest in Niagara Square.

Police have charged Joanna Gollnau with felony reckless endangerment and reckless driving. The 25-year-old is accused of operating the pickup truck which struck and injured 59-year-old Karen Huffman.

"In consultation with the Erie County District Attorney Office, charges were preferred this morning against the driver," said Buffalo Police Captain Jeffrey Rinaldo during a brief telephone interview with WBFO.

Huffman, who was serving as a legal observer on the scene, suffered a broken shoulder and continues to recover from her injuries.

Rinaldo stated the suspect had been talking with investigators leading up to the charges: "The driver was cooperative the night of the incident with our Accident Investigation Unit."

When asked if the suspect offered a motive, Rinaldo would not divulge, explaining that was part of the prosecution's evidence.