Person killed in hit-and-run crash on Genesee Street

Cheektowaga Police investigate a deadly hit-and-run crash along the 4200 block of Genesee Street during the early morning hours of August 8. 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Police investigate a deadly hit-and-run crash along the 4200 block of Genesee Street during the early morning hours of August 8. 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Cheektowaga Police Department is investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash along Genesee Street.

The crash occurred around 4:52 a.m. Tuesday morning in front of 4255 Genesee Street. 

Cheektowaga Police say Robert Prigl, 55, of Depew and Fort Meyers, Florida was killed.  The vehicle fled the scene, possibly with front end damage.

It appears the victim was struck while in the westbound lanes.  The victim who died at the scene was found feet away from the crosswalk.

Cheektowaga Police investigate a deadly hit-and-run crash along the 4200 block of Genesee Street during the early morning hours of August 8. 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Police investigate a deadly hit-and-run crash along the 4200 block of Genesee Street during the early morning hours of August 8. 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Investigators are following several leads but are also asking for any witnesses to contact police at 716-686-3580.

An employee at a nearby Starbucks store said, “We got in at 4:30 and about ten minutes later we saw all these cops cars.  We didn’t see anybody, we didn’t hear anything.”

Police accident investigators are on scene recreating the crash scene.

Genesee Street westbound lanes are closed at Holtz Road, but traffic going to the airport is being let through.  It’s best to use the airport’s west entrance at the Kensington Expressway.  Eastbound lanes have not been impacted.

This is a developing story, please check back for more information.