State Police locate vehicle in Grand Island hit-and-run

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Dana Papaj, 53, is in critical condition after being struck in a hit and run accident in Grand Island Tuesday. She is pictured her with her dog, Molly, who she was walking with when she was hit.

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.

Papaj is seen here with newborn grandson Mikey, who was born just five days before the accident.


This image was captured by a neighbor’s security camera, which police say played a crucial role in their investigation.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO- A photo of the vehicle believed to be involved in a Grand Island hit and run Tuesday evening.

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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