Batavia Police investigating SUV into house after four of eight occupants flee

BATAVIA, NY (WIVB) – Batavia Police were dispatched to a home on S. Jackson Street around 2 a.m. Friday after an SUV crashed into the building. Batavia Fire also reported to the scene.

According to initial witness reports, four of the eight occupants of the vehicle, including the driver, fled the scene on foot. The other four stayed where they were, one of them was slightly injured.

A Genesee County Sheriff’s K9 responded to help track those who fled.

After speaking to witnesses, examining debris and CCTV footage, police believe the vehicle, a 2017 Toyota 4Runner, was speeding east on Chestnut Street, ran over the stop sign at Chestnut and S. Jackson streets, and made no turn.

The vehicle then reportedly crossed the west lane on S. Jackson Street, hit the curb and struck a National Grid pole, also shearing the pole in two places. It traveled another 100 feet before hitting the front porch of the apartment building.

The passenger, with a minor injury, was transported to United Memorial Medical Center by Mercy EMS. The other passengers were taken to the UMMC in private vehicles for assessment.

All eight occupants have been identified and the accident is being investigated further. According to police, most of the occupants of the vehicle were minors, including the alleged driver. Batavia Police also believe alcohol and marijuana contributed to the crash.

Batavia Police Department encourages anyone with additional information to contact Officer Girvin at (585) 345-6350.

Adam Duke is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2021. See more of his work here. Batavia Police investigating SUV into house after four of eight occupants flee

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