A man driving a stolen car was in a coma with a severe head injury today after slamming into the rock wall on the ramp leading from the inbound Kensington Expressway to the Scajaquada Expressway, police said.
The man, who carried no identification, was ejected from the car, police said.
He was described as black in his late teens or early 20s, according to Officer Vincent Felicetta of the Accident Investigation Unit.
Emergency crews were on the scene quickly, because officers were following the car while waiting for a license plate check after spotting a broken rear window, Felicetta said.
They followed the car onto the expressway but were not chasing it, he said.
Witnesses -- three doctors in separate cars on their way to work -- said the car, reported stolen in Amherst, had passed them at a high rate of speed. The car was in the left lane on the Kensington when it crossed three lanes and tried to exit onto the Scajaquada and struck the wall, police said.
Felicetta believes that the driver had spotted the police car and was trying to flee.
The crash occurred at about 5:30 a.m. and resulted in the exit being closed for about two hours.