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Wheatfield man pleads guilty in Riverside hit-and-run

Theodore Canaski (Buffalo Police)

A Wheatfield man pleaded guilty Monday in a September hit-and-run in Riverside that left a woman with a severe head injury, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn said.

Theodore Canaski, 29, entered his plea to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in serious physical injury  before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case.

Prosecutors say Canaski was driving down Ontario Street at about 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 when he struck a 55-year-old woman who was crossing the street.

"Canaski briefly slowed down after the impact, but then continued to drive, making several quick turns and evading a civilian driver who was trying to follow the vehicle," the DA's office said in a statement.

He was arrested about three hours later after surveillance video helped police identify Canaski's car.

Canaski faces a maximum of four years in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12. He could face more time because he was on parole on an attempted burglary conviction at the time of the crash.


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