Woman hit on dark road to donate organs

TOWN OF NIAGARA (WIVB) — Family members of Jessica McDivitt — a young woman struck by a car in the Town of Niagara — say she is now brain-dead.

Neighbors say the stretch of road where she was hit by a truck walking home from work last Saturday evening is dangerous, and with improvements, events like this can be avoided.

Glen Altman lives in the apartment complex off 4th Avenue in the Town of Niagara.

“Usually there is somebody walking down it and typically you don’t see them until the last second,” Altman said. “Sometimes there are no lights down that street and it’s basically pitch black road. There are a lot of people that walk down it and a lot cars that drive down it’s definitely a dangerous road.”

Neighbors say cops usually patrol 4th Avenue for speeders but Louis Lobombard, who also lives in the apartment complex, says the fact that there’s no sidewalk puts anyone walking on this road after dark at risk.

“In the summer time especially they walk down there when it’s warm and the kids and the grownups walk down through there and it’s a dangerous road,” Says Lobombard.

A fundraiser has started in her honor.  Neighbors say lights would help make the stretch of road less dangerous.

McDivitt says the family is keeping Jessica alive in order to donate her organs. Jessica would have turned 27 on Saturday.

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