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Driver killed in crash on Delaware Avenue S curve

A man in his 20s died after his vehicle crashed into the center bridge abutment on the Route 198 bridge over Delaware Avenue just before midnight Thursday, Buffalo police said.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was southbound on the Delaware Avenue S-curves when he lost control of his vehicle and struck the abutment, located just south of Nottingham Terrace next to Delaware Park.

The driver was partially ejected from the vehicle and Buffalo firefighters extricated him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating whether the driver may have been speeding.

Delaware was closed between Nottingham and Forest in both directions until 4 a.m.

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The stretch of Delaware between Forest Avenue and Nottingham Terrace is known as the Delaware Avenue S-curves.

There have been efforts made in the past aimed at slowing traffic in this stretch of roadway. In 1999, a roughly one-mile stretch was rebuilt and the curves were made gentler. In 2007, the city lowered the speed limit in that area to 30 mph as part of creating a citywide speed limit.

On July 8, 2016, Christopher Rizzo, 24, of the Town of Tonawanda, died in an early morning rollover crash on the S-curves in which a car struck a light pole and tree. Rizzo was one of four people in the 2008 Infiniti driven by Dennis Xenos of Amherst, who pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in December and was sentenced to up to six years in prison in March.

On April 27, 2007, Tajanae Davis, 22, of Buffalo, was killed in a five-car pileup on the S-curves.

Thursday night's crash follows the death of a pedestrian who was struck Monday afternoon at Delaware and Nottingham. Police announced Thursday that he died from his injuries. He has not been identified.

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