NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. ( WKBW ) While police are not saying who might be at fault, they do know who to credit...several passing motorists who help save an injured man Tuesday morning, possibly saving his life.
Authorities say 48 year old Curtis Senf was riding his bicycle south on Niagara Falls Boulevard in North Tonawanda during rush hour Tuesday morning, when a van driven by 19 year old Christopher Steggs turned into a motel parking lot.
The bike then struck the van, knocking the rider unconscious.
Police say several motorists actually stopped to help the injured bicyclist, including performing CPR until EMS crews arrived.
Senf was then taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight, where he is in guarded condition at the time of this posting.
Officials credit the work of those who stopped to help, saying if it was not for them, things could have been much worse.
Captain Gregory Schuey of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department told Eyewitness News, "It could have had quite a different outcome if the people that stopped didn't know CPR. Obviously with their medical training, it definitely could have been a different outcome with the bicyclist."
Authorities are still investigating the incident this morning, and say there is a possibility that the driver of the van could be charged.
Part of Niagara Falls Boulevard had to be closed temporarily Tuesday morning, but the road has now been re-opened.