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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Clarence hit-and-run crash

State police are searching for the driver of a pickup blamed for triggering a hit-and-run crash late Saturday that seriously injured a motorcyclist.

Investigators said the pickup, described as a newer model and dark colored, turned into the path of the motorcycle about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street near Sheridan Drive, Clarence.

The driver of the pickup, according to the police report, "stopped to pick something up out of the roadway and then quickly left." The driver was described as a heavy-set man in his mid-20s to early 30s, about 5-foot-10 and with a goatee. There also may have been a female passenger in the pickup, said police, who noted the crash caused "significant damage."

The motorcyclist, who was not identified, was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of a severe leg injury.

Anyone with information is asked to call the state police in Clarence at (716) 759-6831.