Niagara Gazette

August 20, 2013

No criminal charges for Tonawanda woman who struck teen on Boulevard

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Niagara Gazette — Town of Tonawanda police say a woman who struck a teenager on a bicycle Monday while crossing a busy thoroughfare will not be criminally charged. 

Lt. Nick Bado said the driver was a Tonawanda resident who was heading southbound on Niagara Falls Boulevard at 4:05 p.m. when her SUV collided with a 15-year-old 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 earlier this month, 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 about a quarter-mile away. 

Another fatal accident in June along Niagara Falls Boulevard took place when a woman was struck by a vehicle at a nearby intersection.

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.