Felony charges are filed against a Utica man who hit and seriously injured a pedestrian on Route 8, in the town of Columbus. According to New York State Police, the accident happened Friday night on Route 8 as officers were at the Unadilla Motocross. The victim identified as a 20-year-old male from Murrells Inlet, South Carolina was first found by an off-duty Sidney officer who began first aid until paramedics arrived and took the man to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in critical condition. The driver identified as 31 year-old Edward Burnett of Utica was jailed on $100,000 cash bond or $200,000 bail and has been charged with Driving While Ability Impaired with child 15 or under as passenger (two counts) and Vehicular Assault in the second degree.

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