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Autistic man remains in critical condition at ECMC

Marc Weinfeld, the autistic man who was a well-known figure in downtown Buffalo, where he sold his plastic-threaded boondoggles every workday morning, remained in critical condition and on life support Thursday evening in Erie County Medical Center.

Weinfeld, 58, was struck by a car at about 7:30 a.m. Monday while walking on Oak Street at the Clinton Street intersection. Weinfeld, a former Amherst resident, in recent years had been living with an Elma couple serving as his caretakers.

Marcia Weinfeld Goode, a concert violinist, who flew to Buffalo with her husband, Richard Goode, a Grammy-award winning classical pianist Wednesday evening, said they saw Weinfeld at the hospital Thursday and “It was a very hard day, very hard.”

Marcia Goode, whose husband canceled some of his current performances to come to Buffalo with her, said of her brother: “We just love him and spent a lot of time” by his bedside. She said a number of his friends stopped by ECMC’s trauma intensive care unit and looked in on him. “It was very comforting,” she said. “We wish we could turn back the clock, but it can’t be done.”

The driver who struck Weinfeld was not charged.