SOUTH BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- 44 year old Lynette Venezia who is pregnant, was crossing Abbott Road at Lorraine Avenue in the crosswalk near Mercy Hospital, when she was hit by a car early Monday morning. Police say the driver didn't stay there long. "The driver of that vehicle initially after that accident got out of his vehicle and got back into his vehicle and took off," Buffalo Police Spokesperson Mike DeGeorge said.
Venezia was rushed to Erie County Medical Center with multiple head and other injuries. She was listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit early Tuesday evening.
Police are looking for the suspect and his vehicle. Police say they have confiscated a car that may be involved with this case. There are also surveillance cameras at the intersection but they may not have been working at the time. "It's my understanding because of construction in that area, that camera has been down for a couple of days," DeGeorge said.
Police say witnesses describe the suspect as a white male in his 30's, wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses, blue jeans, and a button down black shirt. The vehicle is described as a newer model Ford pick-up truck, either maroon or red in color. It has tinted windows, chrome grill and trim, and a silver tool box built into the back. Anyone with information on this case should call the Buffalo Police confidential tipline at 716-847-2255.
Venezia is reportedly a graduate of Lackawanna High School and her maiden name is Militello. She now lives in South Buffalo with her husband near where she was hit. Residents in the area say this intersection has long been a dangerous one for pedestrians. "This is a bad section... there's a lot of traffic... all the time," one resident near the accident scene said.
City construction crews are working on a stretch of road there and part of the project reportedly may include repainting the crosswalk lines which are fading.