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A man who died when he was struck by a car as he fled state police by crossing the Kensington Expressway on foot Saturday night was identified Sunday as Robert Dipalma, 51, of Grote Street.

Route 33 was closed for more than four hours after the chase, which ended in Dipalma's death near the Jefferson Avenue overpass.

State police said the incident began when Trooper Robert Binns of the Boston barracks spotted a white Harley Davidson operating erratically on the I-190 at about 10:05 p.m. Saturday.

Binns tried to stop the motorcycle by activating the lights and siren on his patrol vehicle. But the cyclist took off, exiting onto Elm Street eastbound and increasing his speed as he went through several red lights, police said.

The motorcyclist entered the Kensington Expressway eastbound from Elm Street, abandoning his Harley in the passing lane under the Jefferson Avenue overpass.

He was trying to cross the westbound lanes on foot when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Christine L. Riga, 30, of Buffalo, police said. She was taken to a local hospital with head injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

Dipalma was pronounced dead at the scene by Erie County Coroner Dr. Evan Evans. Police later learned that Dipalma's driver's license was suspended for failure to pay child support.

Buffalo police assisted state police in keeping the Kensington closed until shortly after 2:30 a.m. Investigation into the incident is continuing.

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