Driver of hit and run accident turned himself in with lawyer at his side
Ralston struck two pedestrians in the City of Tonawanda as they were crossing Niagara Street.
The victims were Zachary Zorechak, 19, Franklin Street, Tonawanda and Brittany D. Caine, 17, Cleveland Avenue, Tonawanda.
Caine was thrown from the hood of the vehicle and landed on the road almost immediately after Ralton struck her. Zorechak held on to the hood of the car for almost 200 feet, while Ralston continued to proceed westbound on Niagara Street.
Ralston’s passenger, Michael Oshea, 42, persistently asked Ralston to stop the vehicle, but Ralston refused. Oshea then jumped from the moving vehicle around the 600 block of Niagara Street.
Patrol located Ralston’s vehicle two hours later hidden behind a dollar store on Willams Street, Cheektowaga. Patrol was able to make contact with Ralston and inform him of the charges.
Ralston turned himself in to the City of Tonawanda Police Department at 11:30 a.m. the following morning. In was in the company of his lawyer, Andrew LoTempio. Bail was set for Ralston at $10,000.
A hearing for Ralston, which was scheduled to be held Tuesday morning in the City of Tonawanda courtroom, was adjourned to June 5. Ralston is still being charged with a felony and at this time, the case will remain in Tonawanda court. Ralston is still in custody.