Police say 48-year-old Frank Cassata from Mt. Morris was behind the wheel when his vehicle struck a toddler and woman in a front yard at 483 Lyell Avenue- an action that police have determined was an intentional act. Police also say Cassata then drove off and injured other people before he was taken into custody.

UPDATE:

A Mount Morris man has been charged with murder in connection with the hit-and-run accident Saturday night that killed a Rochester toddler.

Rochester Police say 48-year old Frank Cassata was driving the car that struck three-year old Amir Pallet and his 23-year old cousin, Abriel Fair in a front yard at 483 Lyell Avenue. Investigators determined Cassata’s vehicle was traveling east on Lyell Ave and intentionally veered off the roadway hitting both victims. Three-year old Amir Pallet was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital where he died. Fair was treated for her injuries and released.

Police say after hitting the toddler and his cousin, Cassata fled the scene and then hit another car at Lake Avenue and Phelps Avenue injuring two people. The two people were taken to Strong Memorial where they were treated for minor injuries and released. Cassata and a passenger were also treated for minor injuries at Rochester General Hospital.

Cassata is being charged with multiple crimes including Murder in the Second, Vehicular Manslaughter in the 2nd, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, DWI and Refusal to Take a Breath Test. Police say additional charges may be presented to a Grand Jury pending the ongoing investigation.

Cassata is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail without bail. He will be arraigned Monday morining in Rochester City Court.

ORIGINAL:

Police have arrested a 48-year-old Mt. Morris man and charged him with murder in connection to the fatal hit-and-run Saturday night on Lyell Avenue.

According to the Rochester Police Department, Frank Cassata was behind the wheel when his vehicle struck two people in a front yard at 483 Lyell Avenue- an action that police have determined was an intentional act. Cassata then fled the scene until he was involved in a second accident at Lake Avenue and Phelps Avenue when he struck a vehicle leaving a parking lot, which resulted in injuries to occupants in both vehicles. Cassata was taken into custody by responding officers.

The two victims from Lyell Avenue were transported to the University of Rochester Medical Center. Three-year-old Amir Pallet died of the injuries he received from the vehicle strike, while the second victim, 23-year-old Abriel Fair, suffered non-life-threatening. The passengers of the other vehicle on Lake Avenue were transported to URMC with non-life-threatening injuries, while Cassata and a passenger in his car were treated at Rochester General and released.

Cassata now faces charges including Murder in the Second, Vehicular Manslaughter in the 2nd, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, DWI and Refusal to Take a Breath Test. According to police, additional charges may be presented to a Grand Jury pending the ongoing investigation.

Cassata is now being held in the Monroe County Jail without bail, he will be arraigned at 9:30 on Monday in Rochester City Court.