GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York State Police have located the vehicle that struck a Grand Island woman and drove off. The woman is in critical condition as of Wednesday night.
Dana Papaj, 53, was walking her dog on the west shoulder of the road between Whitehaven Road and Riverwoods Drive when the truck hit her from behind.
State Police say she’s at ECMC with extensive head injuries.
This image was captured by a neighbor’s security camera, which police say played a crucial role in their investigation.
Catching the incident on camera will help speed up this case. State Police say the call originally came in to the County 9-1-1 center.
Now, the hunt is on for who is responsible for this accident. A driver has not been identified. New York State Police Trooper James O’Callaghan said, “We live in Buffalo, so right after the winter, you know when you hit even a pothole. It’s unfortunate they just kept going. You hit somebody walking a dog on the side of the road, I think it’s up to you as an operator of a vehicle to absolutely turn yourself in.”
Those who may have information about the accident are being asked to call State Police at (585) 344-6200.