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Monday, May 23, 2016

Livingston County: 60 year old man struck by car, critically injured - driver arrested


LIVONIA:  Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Geneseo man stemming from a vehicle-pedestrian accident on Bronson Hill Road in the Town of Livonia on Friday night.
On May 20th, 2016 at 10:45 p.m. the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center received calls reporting that a pedestrian had been struck.  According to deputies, the operator of the vehicle, Gregory K. Walsh, 24, of Geneseo, was on scene and had been the caller reporting the incident.  It was suspected by Deputies that Walsh may have allegedly been operating the vehicle while in an impaired state.  Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff's Office STOP DWI Unit responded to the scene.
Walsh requested to be transported to the hospital to be checked. The Deputy followed the ambulance to Strong Hospital for further evaluation of Walsh. Walsh refused to give consent for a draw to determine what was in his system.  Later, a warrant was signed by Judge Robert Wiggins giving Deputies the ability to obtain Walsh’s blood from the hospital.
The individual who had been struck, Russell Maurer, age 60, resided on Bronson Hill Road. He was transported to Strong Hospital with life threatening injuries. Walsh was ultimately arrested at the hospital for Driving While Impaired by Drugs, Aggravated Vehicular Assault (Class C Felony) and Vehicle and Traffic Infractions.  Walsh was released from the hospital and taken into custody by Deputies. 
Walsh was turned over to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail for processing and to be held for arraignment.    District Attorney Greg McCaffrey assisted on scene and gave a bail recommendation of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. 
Walsh was arraigned on May 21st in Geneseo Town Court as no Livonia Judge was available.    Judge Houston held Walsh on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.  Walsh is being held at the Livingston County Jail.
On scene investigating for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Matthew Thomas, Deputy Brandon Flickner, Deputy Ron Wall, Sergeant Matt Orman, Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) members Sergeant Chad VanAuken and Deputy Caleb Cutting for accident reconstruction, Investigator Brad Schneider, Captain Norm Zeh, Captain Brian Applin and Sheriff Thomas Dougherty.