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Boy struck by car in Pembroke is part of tour group from China

A boy who was seriously injured Sunday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Route 77 in Pembroke remained Monday in critical condition at Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo for treatment, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

The 10-year-old boy, who is from Kunming, China, was attempting to cross Route 77 when he was struck, the Sheriff's Office said.

Chief Deputy Gordon L. Dibble said he came upon the accident scene at about 8:15 p.m. on the section of Route 77 in front of the Flying J Travel Plaza, just south of the Thruway exit. Dibble said he found the boy lying in the street, unconscious, but breathing. He was flown by Mercy Flight to the hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, Kenneth R. Paulter, 62, of Lancaster, told Dibble he had been traveling southbound when he struck what he initially thought was a deer. No charges have been filed against Paulter.

The boy is part of a tour group that was staying at the Econo Lodge Darien Lakes, across the street from the Flying J, Dibble said.

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