Stony Point man surrenders to police in hit-and-run incident

Matthew Garcia, 20, of Stony Point, was being Matthew Garcia, 20, of Stony Point, was being held Sept. 17, 2012, at Rockland County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail in a Sept. 13 crash where he ran down two Suffern brothers near the intersection of Boulevard Road and Riverside Drive in Suffern, police said. Photo Credit: Suffern Police Department

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A Stony Point man faces felony charges after turning himself in to police for a hit-and-run incident that sent 18-year-old twins to the hospital.

Matthew Garcia, 20, was being held Monday at Rockland County Jail on $75,000 bail for the Sept. 13 incident in which he ran down two Suffern brothers near the intersection of Boulevard Road and Riverside Drive, police said.

The incident was related to a domestic quarrel that police did not further detail.

At about 6 p.m. Thursday, Garcia drove his 2003 Toyota Celica into the two brothers, Suffern police said.

Suffern Det. Craig Long said police knew who the driver was because he was identified by several witnesses.

Police said Garcia narrowly missed hitting several small children as he fled the scene. They said he veered off the road, through a chain-link fence and onto a yard full of children attending a birthday party.

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He then drove back onto Riverside Drive and was gone.

The two brothers were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

At about 5:30 p.m. Friday, Garcia turned himself in to Suffern police.

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He was charged with two counts of second-degree assault, one count of first-degree reckless endangerment and one count of criminal mischief, felonies. He was also charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident that had injuries, misdemeanors. He pleaded not guilty Friday evening in Suffern Village Court and was sent to jail.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the charges.

A lawyer for Garcia could not be located Monday. No phone number was listed at Garcia's address.

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