On July 20, 2018, State Police in Herkimer responded to a hit and run accident on State Route 5 in the town of Herkimer.
Investigation revealed, at approximately 7:30 p.m., Charles E. Braun, age 62, from Poughkeepsie, NY was riding his bicycle east on State Route 5 when he was struck by a 2013 Dodge Durango being driven by Nikki L. Cooper. The Durango did not stop and continued east on State Route 5. Braun was transported to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Utica by MOVAC where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The suspect vehicle traveled through the village of Herkimer and was stopped by Troopers on State Route 5.
The operator of the Durango, Nikki L. Cooper, age 30, from 156 Overlook Road in Little Falls, NY was found to be operating under the influence of alcohol and driving with her 2-year-old daughter and 4-month-old niece in the vehicle.
Cooper was charged with the following:
Reckless Endangerment 1st degree (D-felony)
Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated 1st degree (2 counts) (E-felony)
Leaving the Scene of a personal injury accident, (A-misdemeanor)
Endangering the Welfare of a Child (2 counts) (A-misdemeanor)
She was arraigned in the town of Little Falls Court and remanded to the Herkimer County Jail.