Bridge named for Trooper Kevin Dobson

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A bridge was dedicated Thursday morning to a New York State trooper who was struck and killed three years ago by a driver on I-290 in the Town of Tonawanda

Trooper Kevin Dobson’s father hopes the new signs posted will remind people to move over when they see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road. The Trooper Kevin Dobson Senior Memorial Bridge will stretch over Colvin Boulevard in the Town of Tonawanda.

Dobson’s family and local lawmakers participated in a ceremony Thursday morning. Trooper Dobson’s 7-year-old daughter Brooke helped fellow State Troopers and Town of Tonawanda Police unveil the sign dedicated to her dad.

In about a week the 120,000 motorists who travel the I-290 bridge, near Colvin Boulevard, will see signs that say “New York State Trooper Kevin P. Dobson Sr. Memorial Bridge.”

His death led lawmakers from both sides to pass the Move Over Law. His father, Dick Dobson, who was with the Erie County Sheriff’s office for 30 years, says he hopes more lives will be saved when people see the signs.

This was a bittersweet day not only for the family, but also because just last week another trooper died when police say a driver intentionally struck him during a traffic stop.

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