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Pedestrian struck by car on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst

A 34-year-old Town of Tonawanda man was seriously injured Tuesday night when he was struck by a car while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard at Maple Road, according to Amherst Police.

Anthony A. Rauch was crossing on the north side of the intersection about 10:57 p.m. when he was hit by a car driven by Justin M. Poole, 20, also of Tonawanda, according to Capt. Patrick McKenna.

Rauch was taken to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment of what was described as a serious leg injury and injuries to his head. He was reported in stable condition at the hospital late Wednesday afternoon, according to Amherst police.

Poole's vehicle reportedly had a green light when it passed through the intersection, McKenna said. According to police, the intersection was dark and the pavement was wet from light rain at the time.

Police request that anyone who witnessed the accident call detectives at 689-1311.

The accident occurred about 2 miles south of a 1.7 mile stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard where 5 pedestrians have been killed in accidents since June 2013. The towns of Tonawanda and Amherst are in the early stages of working with the state Department of Transportation and National Grid to install more street lights along both sides of the boulevard, which forms a border between the towns. Adding street lights is seen as a way to improve traffic safety during non-daylight hours, when most of the pedestrians killed have been struck while crossing the busy road.

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