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Buffalo woman arraigned in hit-and-run at City Hall protest

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The September protest at Buffalo City Hall was held in honor of Breonna Taylor.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office has announced the arraignment of a 25-year-old Buffalo woman in connection with a bicyclist hit during a protest at Niagara Square.

The incident occurred Sept. 23. Joanna Gollnau is accused of recklessly driving a pickup truck during an evening protest in front of Buffalo City Hall and striking bicyclist Karen Huffman, 59. Huffman, a legal observer and Slow Roll Buffalo board member, was taken to the hospital for treatment of a broken shoulder.

Gollnau was arraigned in Buffalo City Court on a felony count of first degree reckless endangerment, as well as a misdemeanor count of reckless driving. Her next court date is scheduled for Jan. 4 and has been released on her own recognizance.

If convicted on all charges, Gollnau faces a maximum of seven years in prison.

Mark Wozniak, WBFO's local All Things Considered host, has been at WBFO since mid-1978.
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