Amherst man found injured in road pronounced dead at hospital, police said death is suspicious


AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police in Amherst said a male who was found Monday morning injured in the road has died at the hospital.

Police identified him as Charles Durante, 43 years old, of Amherst.

Police responded to the area of N. Bailey Ave. and Grover Cleveland Highway just after 6 a.m. Monday. From there, police said Durante was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 1 p.m. Monday.

Durante lived above the John E. Roberts Funeral Home in Amherst. According to police, a passerby saw him stagger and fall to the ground.

Hazmat officials were on the scene due to a chemical odor.

Police said earlier in the day that they would have an increased presence in that area as they worked to determine the nature of Durante’s injuries.

Anyone with information that could help the Amherst Police Detective Bureau can call (716) 689-1322.

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