City employee admits hitting teen with car, fleeing

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A City of Buffalo sanitation worker now admits he struck a teenager with his vehicle and then drove the car to Niagara Falls to report it stolen.

Kevin Ford of Amherst pleaded guilty Friday to leaving the scene of an incident resulting in serious physical injury and fourth degree insurance fraud.

On February 3, a 16-year-old crossing Main Street was hit by Ford. The 23-year-old fled the scene and drove his car to Niagara Falls. He later reported it stolen and filed a claim with his insurance company.

Police found the car after it had been set on fire. Ford was not charged with lighting the blaze.

The teen spent around a month recovering at Women and Children’s Hospital as a result of injuries suffered in the incident.

When he is sentenced in July, Ford faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison.

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