The 49-year-old woman was up early Wednesday morning, eager to solidify her move to an apartment on the West Side.
She had learned that she had to vacate her Niagara Falls Boulevard motel room on the Amherst-Town of Tonawanda border, meaning she would be homeless for a couple of days, according to her future landlord.
But in the midst of making arrangements for her move, she was killed when she was hit by a car while crossing the boulevard at the intersection of Willow Ridge Drive just after 5 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
Her name was not released by Town of Tonawanda police as of late Wednesday because they have not been able to locate her relatives.
The woman was struck by a southbound 2011 Chevy Cruze compact car as she walked from east to west across the boulevard, according to Lt. Paul Yacono of the Town of Tonawanda Police Department’s Accident Investigation Unit.
“It is very preliminary information at this point, but she was crossing the roadway against a green light. She was wearing all dark clothing,” Yacono said. “It does not appear that there will be charges against the driver.”
Moments before being struck, the woman had stepped out of a corner convenience store on the Amherst side of the busy road, where she had made a phone call and purchased a few items.
“This is really sad. My cashier told me that she was a regular customer here,” said Sue DiMartino, the store manager.
As Town of Tonawanda police investigated the accident scene, the woman’s possessions, including a green purse, a plastic bag and her shoes, were in the street.
Authorities said individuals who live in motels along the boulevard frequently change locations and the investigation had not yet verified which of the motels the woman was living in.
Gary Costa, of Costa Construction, which operates rental properties in Buffalo, said the woman had taken the bus into the city Tuesday and looked at a cottage apartment he had for rent on West Avenue.
“She was excited about the apartment and asked me to please hold it for her. She called me several times asking me not to give it to anyone,” Costa said, adding he assured her that the apartment was hers. “I told her not to worry. You have it.”
Authorities say they believe she had tried to reach Costa early Wednesday morning by phone.
At the accident scene, Brad Clelan, a tow truck driver and Town of Tonawanda resident, said that stretch of the boulevard, about a half mile north of the Youngmann Memorial Highway, is extremely hazardous for pedestrians.
“This is the second car I picked up in the last six months where a pedestrian was hit. The other accident was at Ellicott Creek and the boulevard,” he said.