Police in Suffolk County are searching for a 19-year-old woman who used her car to allegedly pin her sister against a garage at a home in Selden on Tuesday evening, a police department spokesperson said in an email Wednesday.
The unidentified woman fled from the scene after the crash, police officials said. Her 17-year-old sister, whose name was not released, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
The incident happed on Parnet Court in Selden around 5 p.m. on July 9. Police believe the older teen purposely hit her sister with the car after some type of fight. Cops said the woman drove the vehicle toward her sister, first striking an office chair and then pinning the younger woman against a garage door.
Authorities did not specify what sparked the initial incident and it was not immediately clear if the teens live inside the home at which the crash occurred. Neighbors said the house belongs to the victim’s mother.
Police officials would not confirm the exact address of the incident, a spokesperson told usedview.com, but residents at 3 Parnet Court spoke with News 12 Long Island in a televised interview and said the incident occurred there.
The station reported that a reporter there spoke with Marissa Quinones, 19, who admitted to striking her 17-year-old sister. The alleged victim, still toting a hospital wristband and leg brace, went on camera in the broadcast and said that she wants her sister arrested. Quinones said she doesn’t dispute striking her sister with the car. “She just wants attention,” Quinones said of her sister. “She’s not really hurt. I didn’t murder her, did I?”
A woman sitting on a lawn chair at the Parnet Court home would not comment to usedview.com Wednesday afternoon.
Officials said Sixth Precinct officers are continuing the investigation and no arrests have been made, as of press time. The 19-year-old driver is being actively sought by the police in connection with the incident, a spokesperson said.
Update [07/11/13 2:10 p.m.]: Early Thursday morning, Suffolk County Police announced the arrest of Marissa Kovalovsky in connection with this crime. She initially identified herself to reporters Wednesday as Marissa Quinones, as reported above. Police officials say her legal name is Marissa Kovalovsky. Court documents note that her home is in Port Jefferson Station and not in Selden, as originally reported. For more information on the charges against her and a detail report from the arraignment, click here.