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Woman, 22, struck on Niagara Falls Blvd. at same spot of fatality in August

A 22-year-old Buffalo woman was struck Wednesday morning on Niagara Falls Boulevard near Thistle Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda, the same intersection where another pedestrian was killed in August.

The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to Erie County Medical Center and is listed in stable condition, said Tonawanda Police Capt. Joseph Carosi.

The woman was running across the street at about 6:40 a.m. when she was struck by a vehicle heading southbound in the curb lane, Carosi said. No charges will be filed against the driver, he said.

Police have not determined where the woman was going at the time she was struck. She was by herself at the time, police said.

Debris from the crash was visible near the northwest corner of the intersection. Niagara Falls Boulevard is five-lanes wide in that section and there is no traffic signal or crosswalk at the intersection. The speed limit is 45 mph.

The right southbound lane on Niagara Falls Boulevard had been closed to traffic. It reopened at about 8:43 a.m. when police cleared the scene. The west side of Niagara Falls Boulevard here is in the Town of Tonawanda, while the east side is in the Town of Amherst.

Five people have been killed on a 1.7-mile stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard over a recent 39-month period.

  • Jeraldine Tater was killed near the Willow Ridge Drive intersection in June 2013
  • Lisa Monaco was killed at the same intersection in August 2013
  • Sharon Alfiere was killed crossing near East Robinson Road in February 2014
  • John C. Strasser was killed crossing at Roger Chaffee Drive Drive and Thistle Avenue in August 2016
  • Paul Mroczka was killed crossing near Dexter Terrace in September 2016

[Related story: Pedestrians beware - 5 killed on stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard in 3 years]

News Photojournalist John Hickey contributed to this report.

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