BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A hit-and-run accident left a bicyclist dead Thursday evening in South Buffalo.
A vehicle hit the bicyclist just after 10 p.m. at Abbott Road and Kenefick Avenue and sped away, according to Buffalo police. He died at the scene. The bicyclist was identified by Buffalo Police as 27-year-old Theodore Dionne of West Seneca.
West Seneca Police told News 4’s Kayla Green they made a DWI arrest of 37-year-old Nicholas Rosado, who they believe was driving the vehicle that fled the scene of this hit and run.
Update: West Seneca Police also charged Rosado with criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and leaving the scene of a personal injury.
The charges do not pertain to the fatal bicycle crash which is still under investigation by Buffalo police.
Rosado is due in West Seneca court on August 2 at 5 p.m.
This crash is just three weeks after another bicyclist was hit and killed on South Park.
Kevin Hefferenan from GoBike Buffalo said speed plays a huge factor in these crashes resulting in death.
“We’re devastated all over again. There had been work done on Abbott Road to calm traffic which we’ll always applaud. When you hit someone at 30 miles an hour, about half of those people will survive and some of our roads are so wide that it’s very easy to do 40 or 45 in a densely populated city and when you hit someone at 40 or 45, it’s 80% of those people will die,” Hefferenan said.
He wants to see elevated protected bike lanes, rubber form, and delineators, similar to the safety measures added to Niagara Street.
“When we can’t have protected lanes we’d like to see drive space narrowed because that makes a driver put their phone down, makes them slow down, and they start to feel a little risk themselves and that’s when they drive their safest.”
He said paint on the roads indicating a bike lane is no longer enough.
“If we’re gonna accept as a city and community that people are gonna lose control of their high-speed vehicles then we have to build better infrastructure.”
No charges have been filed in Buffalo yet.
Anyone with information on this accident is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at (716) 847-2255.
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