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Police search for car that hit firefighter

Rochester, N.Y. -- Firefighter Sean Balantic is recovering at home after being injured by a hit and run driver Monday night on Linden Street. Rochester Police are looking for the driver of a silver four-door sedan that struck the firefighter.

The Rochester Fire Department said Balantic suffered a deep leg bruise when he was hit. He doesn't remember what happened but remembers being on the ground afterward and people helping him.

Captain Ted Kuppinger said the fire truck was parked in the middle of Linden Street. He said it was impossible for the driver not to see the truck or the firefighter. He said the car apparently went around the truck, striking Balantic, and then kept going.

Neighbors on Linden Street said speed has been a big issue in their neighborhood.

They have complained to the city and signs were put up telling drivers to slow down.

Margo Fass said that isn't enough. She hopes this incident will force the city to take more action to slow down traffic on this residential street which is used as a cut-through.

"If one of your city employees gets hit and run on the street, I would assume they would respond," Fass said.

Balantic is expected to be out of work for at least two weeks recovering from his injuries.

 
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