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Hit-run victim still in intensive care unit

A Buffalo man who was running on a ramp to the Kensington Expressway on Monday night when he was struck by a hit-and-run driver remained in the trauma intensive care unit of Erie County Medical Center on Tuesday evening, authorities said.

Jeffery Bowens Jr., 20, was apparently running east on the on-ramp to the expressway from Jefferson Avenue at about 9 p.m. when he was struck by a vehicle that fled from the scene, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, special assistant to Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson.

DeGeorge said late Tuesday that police were still unsure why Bowens was running toward the expressway. Police do not believe Bowens was struck deliberately, however.

Investigators were continuing to seek information, adding that currently they have few clues.

There also were no apparent witnesses, and no description of the vehicle was available, DeGeorge said.

Bowens is the son of the Rev. Jeffery Bowens, who is the pastor of Love Alive Christian Cathedral at Genesee and Hickory streets. His condition Tuesday was listed as critical.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Buffalo Police Department's accident investigation unit at 851-4537.

e-mail: tpignataro@buffnews.com

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