Teen Admits to Striking Classmate with Vehicle

July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

By WKBW News
By Megan Erbacher
By Rachel Elzufon

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July 23, 2013 Updated Jul 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

Town of Tonawanda, NY (WKBW) - A woman involved in a twitter tantrum that led to an assault pleaded guilty in court on Tuesday.

19-year-old Liana Nieves entered a guilty plea for Assault in the First Degree, after confessing to running over her Kenmore West classmate back in April on Chaplin Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.

The District Attorney's office says that was the highest charge for which Nieves could have been convicted of if the case had gone to trial.

Police say the fight started over a "controversial" date that Nieves was bringing to the prom.

The two started fighting through social media and text messages.

Police say Nieves went to confront 17-year-old Madeline Silvia, who asked, "why don't you run me over with your car?"

Nieves then struck Silvia with her vehicle, and ran over her while fleeing, causing serious injuries to her internal organs and pelvic bone.

Lt. Nick Bado with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department says that Nieves not only confessed to police, but "she made comments to several people through texts or conversation that she was worried she was going to go to jail -- things like that."

Silvia is still fighting complications from the attack. Bado says she has lost a lot of weight and may need more surgeries.

Nieves will be sentenced on November 7th. She faces up to 25 years in state prison.