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Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run on Genesee Street

A Buffalo man crossing the street on the East Side Monday morning was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, authorities said.

Melvin Johnson, the 40-year-old pedestrian, was hit at about 7:20 a.m. while he was crossing Genesee Street from the northbound side to the southbound side near the intersection of Kilhoffer Street.

Johnson was able to tell first responders he believes it was a Ford pick-up truck that hit him and fled from the scene.

He was listed in stable condition at Erie County Medical Center, where he was taken by ambulance.

Fillmore District Common Council Member David A. Franczyk, whose district covers the accident area, conducted an inspection of sidewalks on Genesee by Kilhoffer Monday afternoon, after concerns were raised that they might not be in good condition.

"There is some work to be done on broken sidewalk panels but you can definitely walk on them," Franczyk said. "The damage was obviously caused by heavy machinery tearing buildings in demolitions that probably occurred years ago."

Sidewalk conditions have become an issue since an infant in a stroller was killed on Moselle Street last June when her mother was walking on the roadway because of broken sidewalk caused by demolition contractors tearing down houses on that street. The sidewalk there was  replaced after the fatal accident.

"The key going forward is that the mayor and inspections department have said that they are making sure this will never happen again with contractors," Franczyk said, adding that the sidewalk  on Genesee by Kilhoffer is on the city's list to be repaired.


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