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Pedestrian who tried to protect mother struck by car in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS – A 22-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car Wednesday night and a Niagara Falls woman was charged with leaving the scene of the personal injury accident.

The driver, Charnay Taylor, 32, of Niagara Falls, hit the man shortly before 11:45 p.m. near Ferry Avenue and Eighth Street, said Niagara Falls Police Traffic Capt. Angela Munn. There was some type of commotion or fight in the area just before the man was struck, Munn said.

The pedestrian told police he was crossing the street with his 46-year-old mother and attempted to shield her from being struck by the car by pushing her out of the way. The mother told police she was struck by the driver and suffered hip and arm pain, though the son told police only he was struck, Munn said.

The man told police he was wearing only a towel and was bent over at the time he was hit. He complained of dizziness and later went to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

Taylor was issued tickets charging her with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and failure to exercise due care regarding a pedestrian, police said.

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