Stop sign covered in graffiti may have caused crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Tyler Barusic says he didn’t even notice this stop sign when driving along Lord Street. Moments later he hit a car.

He says it never would have happened if the stop sign wasn’t covered in graffiti.

“Clinton Street is really busy. This is not okay to spray paint over stop sign,” said Barusic.

Barusic was driving under the bridge on Lord Street with three friends in the car and didn’t see the stop sign as he was approaching Clinton Street.

“Nobody saw a sign. We came into the intersection right here and a guy coming down Clinton Street swerves out. I slam my brakes on but not before I hit him and spun him out,” he said.

Luckily no one was hurt.

Barusic said the accident is technically his fault, but he doesn’t think he should be held responsible.

“It’s pretty scary that this sign was completely, completely covered in paint.”

He said the city should have to foot the bill because if the stop sign wouldn’t have been covered in paint the accident never would have happened.

City of Buffalo Spokesman Mike DeGeorge tells News4 a police report wasn’t filed, therefore he can’t comment.

The stop sign was replaced Tuesday afternoon.

Barusic said as of right now he’ll have to pay for the $2,200 in damage to his car as well the repairs for the other car.

“I hope my car is fixed quickly so I can get back to work and I’m also hoping that my insurance doesn’t skyrocket. I don’t think it should be my fault. This is crazy.”

He’s surprised no one reported the sign before the accident and has a message for whoever painted it:

“Whoever thought it was a good idea to spray paint a sign with whatever graffiti it was, it’s not art. It’s stupid. Why would you do that? Someone could have died.”

Barusic said his insurance company told him someone would have had to file a report about the stop sign in the past 30 days in order for him not to be held responsible for the crash. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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