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Lawsuit filed against Amherst, Tonawanda after 17-year-old struck on Niagara Falls Boulevard

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Posted at 8:53 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 20:53:13-05

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.