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August 21, 2013

Teen struck on bike critical

Tonawanda News — A 15-year-old boy struck riding a bicycle on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda Monday is in critical but stable condition, police said.

Lt. Nick Bado said the driver, Rachel Tomasik-Lobaugh, a Tonawanda resident, was southbound on  Niagara Falls Boulevard at 4:05 p.m. when her SUV collided with the boy near the intersection of Greenhaven Terrace. 

“There’s no indication there was anything criminal,” Bado said. “Whether there was a traffic violation, that will be known when the investigation comes to a conclusion.” 

The boy was rushed to Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He is listed in critical but stable condition, according to the authorities, who spoke to doctors at the hospital late Monday. 

“That’s the last I heard,” Bado said. 

The accident was in alarming proximity to another fatal accident that took place in early August, when a 49-year-old woman was killed crossing near Willowridge Road. Police said she was wearing dark clothing on an overcast morning, which may have led to the accident. Greenhaven Terrace is less than a half-mile from the site of the Willowridge accident.

Another fatal accident in June along Niagara Falls Boulevard took place when a woman was struck by a vehicle at an intersection in that area, as well.

The state Department of Transportation released a statement earlier this month indicating that lighting and pedestrian crossings would be evaluated, though as of Tuesday they have yet to release an official course of action. 

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