Kevin K. Sheridan of Buffalo was in his motorized wheelchair and headed to the store late Friday afternoon when a driver struck him and took off, according to a neighbor and police.
Sheridan told a neighbor he doesn't remember what happened on Vulcan Street, which straddles the border between Buffalo's Riverside neighborhood and the Town of Tonawanda.
Sheridan, 56, suffered head and chest injuries and had been in critical condition, but he was conscious Monday when Town of Tonawanda police said they planned to try to talk with him, if his condition permitted.
He was hit on the Tonawanda side of Vulcan, about 20 to 30 feet west of the entrance to the General Motors plant at Vulcan and Rosedale Street, said Town of Tonawanda Police Lt. Thomas Haynes.
As of Monday morning, police were checking with area businesses to see if they had any video of the incident, which happened at about 5:50 p.m. Friday.
Darren K. Van Every, Sheridan's neighbor, said he spoke to Sheridan in his hospital bed by phone on Sunday night. Sheridan told him he was heading to a store at Vulcan and Tonawanda streets, about a half-mile from his home.
Van Every, who said he talks to his neighbor at least every other day, told The Buffalo News he was listening to the police scanner at the time Sheridan was struck.
"It made me wonder if it was him," Van Every said.
Van Every said he was concerned about his neighbor and tried calling him Friday night. There was no answer, but it wasn't unusual for Sheridan to be home and not pick up the phone, Van Every said.
Sheridan lost a leg many years ago, Van Every said, and has recently been "going through rough times."
Van Every said he and Sheridan went to a Buffalo Bisons game together late last season. Sheridan told Van Every he hadn't been to a Bisons game in 10 years.
"I said, 'I'll get you out of the building,' " Van Every said.
Town of Tonawanda police are continuing to investigate. They don't yet have a description of the vehicle involved.
Police ask anyone with information to call 716-879-6613. The department's confidential tip line is 716-879-6606.