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WOMAN KILLED BY TRUCK ON PORTER AVE. IS IDENTIFIED

Buffalo police have identified a 74-year-old woman who was killed Tuesday night when she was struck by a construction company pickup truck as she crossed Porter Avenue, near Normal Avenue and Symphony Circle.

Joan Kinney, of Normal Avenue, was pronounced dead at the scene, just feet away from her home.

The driver of the pickup was Merritt G. Hanson, 27, of Pleasant Avenue, Hamburg. Police said no charges are expected.

Lt. Kevin Barberg of the Accident Investigation Unit said Hanson struck the woman just after 6 p.m. when he was heading east on Porter.

"He was driving down a dark street and he really didn't see her," said Barberg. "It's one of those unfortunate things."

Police at the scene said the collision sent the victim airborne and she landed in the middle of the street, where another motorist drove over her and fled. But Barberg denied the report that Kinney was hit by two vehicles, calling it an "unsubstantiated rumor."

Kinney's body remained in the street in the rain for about 90 minutes. Police said the delay was caused because they were waiting for a trained accident investigator.

According to Barberg, an accident investigator arrived at the scene within 20 minutes and police had to wait for the medical examiner. He said a fatality victim lying in the street for 90 minutes is an "average" amount of time and is necessary for police to conduct their on-site investigation and re-create the collision.

"It may be uncomfortable for the family to see their family member lying there, but we have to do our investigation right," said Barberg. "We need to do our investigation methodically."

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