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Help sought in hunt for driver in fatal hit-and-run at Buffalo airport

A month after a pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run on Genesee Street in front of the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Crime Stoppers is asking the public's help in identifying the driver and vehicle involved in the deadly crash.

Crime Stoppers released a fuzzy surveillance camera image and said it is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who struck and killed Robert Prigl, 55, of Depew and Fort Myers, Fla.

Prigl was walking to the airport from his parents' home in Depew about three miles away when he was hit at about 4:50 a.m. Aug. 8. A neighbor said Prigl was heading to the airport to catch a flight back to Florida.

The vehicle is believed to be a light-colored, older model General Motors car, possibly built the 1970s or 80s, according to Crime Stoppers. It could be a Buick Regal, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Oldsmobile Cutlass,  Pontiac Grand Prix, Buick Riviera, Cadillac Eldorado or Cadillac DeVille.

Crime Stoppers released this surveillance camera image from the Aug. 8 hit-and-run accident. (Provided by Crime Stoppers)

The vehicle may have a landau vinyl roof in the back of the car.

Investigators asked the public to be on the lookout for a vehicle that matches the description with unexplained damage, that may be parked or stored in a garage – especially if they hadn't been before – and had recent repairs. The owner may not want to report the damage to insurance and could try to get replacement parts on-line.

Near end of 3-mile walk to Buffalo airport, man killed in hit-and-run

 

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