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Man crossing Oak St. is hit by car, critically injured

An unidentified pedestrian was in critical condition after being struck by a car during the Monday morning rush hour in downtown Buffalo, authorities said.

The man, who had no identification on him, was crossing from the west to the east side of Oak Street, just south of Clinton Street, police said. About three-quarters of the way across, he hesitated, then started to run and was hit by a blue Pontiac headed south on Oak at about 7:30 a.m., according to police, who say they are trying to determine his identity.

The woman driving the car stopped and cooperated with police. Her name was not released, and no charges have been issued.

An investigation was continuing.

Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said the victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he remained in critical condition late Monday.

“Investigators are attempting to determine if the pedestrian was crossing the street outside of the crosswalk,” DeGeorge said.

The victim slammed into the front windshield, and when the driver applied her brakes, the pedestrian vaulted forward and slid approximately 60 feet on the pavement, before coming to a stop in front of 101 Oak.

Little is known about the man, only that he is white and was dressed in casual clothing. Anyone who might have information about his identity was asked to call the Buffalo police tip line, 847-2255. Accident Investigation Unit Officers Martin Forero and Keith LaFalce are handling the probe.

Also Monday, authorities said a 1-year-old girl who suffered severe head injuries Saturday night in a two-vehicle crash remained in critical condition in Women & Children’s Hospital.

The girl was injured when the car her mother was driving, a 2006 Impala, collided with a Jeep Cherokee at about 9 p.m. at Leslie and East Ferry streets.

The name of the girl has not been released.

Accident Investigation Unit members were trying to determine the cause of the crash.