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Cheektowaga hit-and-run victim, 18, dies

The 18-year-old Cheektowaga bicyclist struck in a Friday hit-and-run has died.

Damian Garra died around 2:15 p.m. Saturday, his mother confirmed.

Garra was riding his bike on Shanley Street at about midnight Thursday when an SUV allegedly driven by Paul Hintermeier, 36, struck him and drove away, police said.

Garra was rushed by ambulance to Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph Campus, where he was stabilized, and then transferred to the Erie County Medical Center. He had been listed in critical condition.

Hintermeier, who was found at his home a short time later, was charged with vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an injury accident, DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, using unsafe speed, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to keep right, having an open alcohol container and refusing a breath screening test.

He was arraigned Friday before Cheektowaga Town Justice Dennis Gorski, who set bail at $100,000 cash or $250,000 bond. With Garra's death, he may face additional charges.

Garra's mother said the teen's organs and tissues were donated to seven people, including a 2-year-old girl and a 60-year-old man.

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