TOWN OF AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — The family of a 17-year-old who was struck by a vehicle while attempting to cross Niagara Falls Boulevard in October has filed a lawsuit against the Towns of Amherst and Tonawanda as well as the Amherst Traffic Safety Board and Tonawanda Engineering Department.
The 17-year-old, who was crossing the 2300 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard to get to his job at the Checker's restaurant, suffered head trauma and a fractured neck and collarbone according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by a parent on the 17-year-old's behalf for "loss of services, society and companionship" as a result of the accident and for consequential damages.
The lawsuit claims the above named parties are at fault for:
- Not having a traffic signal in the vicinity
- Not having an appropriately marked crosswalk area
- Having poor street lighting conditions
The accident occurred on a dangerous stretch of Niagara Falls Boulevard north of the I-290 which was the subject of a study by the New York State Department of Transportation and led to a number of recommendations to improve pedestrian safety.