Geneva Hit and Run Victim Named; Foulkrod In Two Courts

12/17/2012    3pm UPDATE

Geneva Police Monday morning released the name of the man killed in the hit and run accident on Elm Street in Downtown Geneva Saturday morning. He was 77 year old Karl Peter Grune of 99 Lewis Street. Grune was walking back home after a trip to the drug store when he was hit and killed by 44-year old Michael Foulkrod of Waterloo.

Karl Peter Grune was a member of the staff at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He retired in 1998.

Foulkrod appeared in two courts Monday afternoon. First he was arraigned on second degree murder in Geneva City Court. No bail was set. He'll be back in that court for a preliminary hearing on Friday. Then it was a trip to Seneca County Court in Waterloo where Foulkrod was arraigned on burglary, criminal possession of a weapon, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment. No bail was set and that case was adjourned until February 4th, 2013.

Foulkrod leaving the Seneca County Courthouse in Waterloo Monday afternoon.  Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.


Foulkrod, who was out on bail from an arrest in Waterloo on July 12th, was driving at a high rate of speed after he had just allegedly attempted to abduct Geneva City Councilor Jackie Augustine as she was jogging on South Main Street. 

Police don't believe Foulkrod knew Augustine. She was not injured in the attack.



12/16/12 4:00am Update-

A Waterloo man has been charged with murder in connection with the hit-and-run accident in Geneva Saturday morning. 44-year old Michael Foulkrod was charged with second degree murder and is now being held in the Ontario County Jail without bail pending his arraignment in Geneva City Court Monday morning.

Just after 10 Saturday morning, Geneva Police responded to the area of South Main Street & Pulteney Park for a reported assault on a female. It was learned at that time that the lone assault suspect had attacked and choked the victim female and fled the area in a vehicle. The female victim was not injured in the attack.

The female victim has been identified. Geneva City Councilor Jackie Augustine was jogging along Main Street near Pulteney Park when she was attacked.

Police say Foulkrod turned from South Main street onto Castle Street, and then onto Elm Street where he  struck and killed an  77-year old man who was walking the sidewalk behind the Finger Lakes Times building.

Based upon witness observations and assistance from the public a suspect vehicle was identified and was last seen leaving Geneva on East North Street into Seneca County.


With the prompt assistance of Waterloo Police Department, Ontario County Sheriffs, Seneca County Sheriffs and New York State Police the van was located on Hecker Road in Seneca County at which time Foulkrod was taken into custody and charged with Murder in the Second Degree, A-1 Felony and held for arraignment.

Chief Jeff Trickler statement:

“It was because of the cooperative efforts and assistance of both the witnesses and surrounding law enforcement agencies that we were able to take this dangerous criminal into custody. Because of this random violence and recklessness perpetrated by him we not only have a victim of a violent assault, but also the tragic and senseless loss of life. I commend my Officers and those of the assisting agencies who worked quickly to bring this case to a close. My thoughts are with both the victims and their families.”

The name of the man killed has not been released.

Foulkrod was out on bail following his arrested earlier this summer for burglary, criminal posssession of a weapon, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment.  Waterloo village Police say Foulkrod broke into a West Main Street Home on July 12th armed with two daggers while the victim was sleeping.  He held the person down and forcibly had sexual contact with that person. 

Seneca County District Attorney Barry Porsch says the Foulkrod was recently indicted by a grand jury and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday afternoon in Seneca County Court.

Foulkrod was also arrested in Florida earlier this year.


12:40pm Update -

Geneva Police and New York State Police have located the van involved in the Saturday morning fatal hit-and-run accident in downtown Geneva.

The van was found at a home on Hecker Road in the town of Waterloo about half a mile from Waterloo High School.

Police have not released the names of the driver or the person killed in the accident.




A person was struck and killed about 10:15 Saturday morning on Elm Street in Geneva. 

Geneva Police along with the Ontario County sheriffs Department, and New York State Police are searching for a white cargo van with a ladder rack, but no ladder on top. 

Police believe that vehicle was involved in the accident. They say a white male was driving the van which left the downtown Geneva area at a high rate of speed.

Elm Street runs right behind the Finger Lakes Times Building.


All photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.

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