City of Tonawanda, NY (WKBW) -A former professional boxer from Western New York turned himself into police Friday morning following a hit and run crash in the City of Tonawanda Thursday night.
32-year-old Leslie Ralston is accused of striking two teens with his car in the 1900 block of Niagara Street. Police say Ralston fled the scene and his passenger tried to convince him to stop but Ralston refused. The 42-year-old passenger then jumped out of the car while it sped away.
"He said he jumped out because the driver wouldn't stop. He was telling him to stop and he didn't want to get into any further trouble so he bailed out of the car," said City of Tonawanda Police Chief John Ivancic.
Ralston surrendered to police late Friday morning and was charged with vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an injury accident, and aggravated unlicensed operation. The victims were taken to the hospital, and are expected to recover.
Ralston was arraigned Friday afternoon and pled guilty to the charges against him. His attorney, Andrew LoTempio, says his client is taking responsibility for his actions.
"I haven't had a lot of time to speak with him, but the main question he's been asking is if everyone is ok and if they're going to be ok," added LoTempio.