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Condition of mother hit by car improving

The condition of the Amherst mother of an infant child who lost a leg late last week when she was struck by a speeding car and pinned up against another on South Park Avenue is improving, according to a spokeswoman at Erie County Medical Center.

Sarah J. Gregory, 30, was listed in fair condition Tuesday evening at the hospital. Gregory had teetered between critical and serious condition with massive lower-body injuries in the days after Thursday's incident.

Meanwhile, The Buffalo News has learned that the driver of the white Pontiac that struck Gregory at about 2:20 p.m. was Steven R. Cavarello, 30, of Electric Avenue, Lackawanna. Buffalo police have not released his name and will not confirm whether it was Cavarello who was driving.

Cavarello, who was only blocks from his residence at the time of the crash, was headed south on South Park Avenue and -- according to witness Peter Taboni -- traveling close to the curb at a high rate of speed when he struck Gregory.

Gregory, who had just stepped off the curb, apparently was checking for traffic when she was hit, Taboni said. The impact pushed her up against a parked minivan, momentarily pinning her, Taboni said.

A good Samaritan rushed to Gregory's aid and used his belt as a tourniquet to control the bleeding until emergency help arrived.

No charges have yet been filed in the incident. An investigation continues, said police spokesman Michael DeGeorge.

e-mail: tpignataro@buffnews.com

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