CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y (WIVB) – In a quiet Cheektowaga neighborhood, a man was struck and killed while going out for a Sunday morning stroll.
“It’s a quiet neighborhood, nothing like this has ever happened,” said Frank David, a concerned local neighbor.
Cheektowaga Police said an 18-year-old was driving northbound on Borden Road around 7 a.m. when he hit the man from behind.
The 47-year-old was walking on the side of the road.
“We just believe he was out for a Sunday morning walk. It was a nice day. We don’t believe he was going anywhere. He lived close by,” said Lt. Steven Berecz of the Cheektowaga Police Department.
After the victim was struck, police said the driver got out of the car, looked at what happened, and then drove away from the scene. “And then we had an off-duty officer driving home that saw the accident and then followed the suspect and stopped him a short time later,” said Lt. Berecz.
The teen was stopped one mile away from the accident on Strasmer Road. He was traveling with his friend who owns the mustang he was driving.
Lt. Berecz explained, “They were out last night. They were in the process of dropping some people off and they were on their way home.”
Police are still investigating this case trying to determine what led to the fatal crash. “We’re possibly thinking he fell asleep at the wheel but again it’s still early on in the investigation.”
The driver is charged with leaving the scene of an accident and more are pending. He’s being held overnight and will be arraigned Monday morning.
Police have not released the names of the victim or driver because they want to notify their families first. However even without knowing their names, many neighbors are concerned about all involved.
“My heart goes out to the families. It’s a sad thing,” David told News 4.