Hit and Run in S. Buffalo, Suspect in Custody

February 17, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 8:57 AM EDT

By WKBW News

February 17, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 8:57 AM EDT

South Buffalo (WKBW) It was by all accounts a scary scene in South Buffalo Thursday night, as a driver allegedly hit a pedestrian and then took off, only to be found later by police.

Police say the incident happened around 5pm Thursday evening on the corner of Seneca St. and Duerstein St. in South Buffalo. Authorities say a 59 year old female pedestrian was crossing the street when she was struck by an oncoming car, sending the woman flying through the air and then landing underneath a nearby pickup truck. Police say the victim was taken to ECMC, where she remains in fair condition. Witnesses on the scene tell Eyewitness News the woman was moving and talking as they took her away.

The 68 year old driver is now in police custody, and was questioned Thursday night, according to police.

Eyewitness Jessica Ciulla was driving her car behind the vehicle involved in the accident. "I've been shaking for the last hour. It's just really scary to see someone flying through the air. The driver just took off. It's unbelievable. And then we're standing around and people are taking pictures. It's disgusting, but definitely scary," she said.

Within an hour of the incident, Buffalo Police located what they believe to be the car involved in the hit-and-run on Seneca St.and Ryan St., just blocks from where the original incident took place. The vehicle matched eyewitness descriptions, and had a knocked out front headlight and partially dented hood.

Buffalo Police are still investigating the incident and no charges have been filed at this point. Police are still looking into what exactly caused the accident and why the suspected driver fled the scene.