Batavia police looking for alleged hit-and-run driver who struck motorcycle Friday night
The driver of a black Pontiac Grand Am or Grand Prix that reportedly hit a motorcycle on Walnut Street on Friday night and then fled the scene is being sought by Batavia Police.
The motorcycle driver, Justin Fagan, 22, who suffered an injury to his lower leg, told police he had seen the Pontiac behind him on Route 98 driving at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic. Both the car and the motorcycle were northbound on Walnut when they approached the construction area in the 100 block and Fagan said he slowed down and moved left to try avoid being hit.
The black Pontiac allegedly maintained its original speed, striking the motorcycle in the rear, sideswiping it and then continuing northbound on Walnut Street, turning right onto Law Street (its only option with Walnut closed to northbound traffic at that point).
Fagan's passenger, Emily O'Brien (age not available), suffered an unspecified back injury.
Both O'Brien and Fagan were taken to UMMC, but both have apparently been released as of today.
Witnesses at the scene Friday night complained that even with the rough road during construction, cars continue to drive the street faster than they should.
"This was bound to happen," said Walnut Street resident T.J. McAllister. "See how bumpy it is. Look at that police car and how much it's bouncing even as slow as its going. People come through here going twice as fast. It's just crazy."
Det. Richard Schauf, Batavia Police Department, said the police are aware of speed problems along Walnut and Law streets and are doing as much as possible to address it.
"Whenever we have somebody available that's an area we try to enforce," Schauf said. "We try to be visible."
Another witness, Joe Elmore, who was first on the scene, described Fagan as a bit of a hero, sacraficing his own body to keep his bike upright.
"He said he did everything he could to protect his girlfriend," Elmore said. "He broke his leg just trying to hold up his bike."