BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – New York State Governor Andew Cuomo and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown took swift action following a tragedy in Delaware Park on Saturday that left a small boy dead.
Saturday, 3-year-old Sugorovskiy was killed and his 5-year-old sister Stephanie was critically injured after a car jumped the curb of the 198 and struck them while they were walking in Delaware Park with their mother.
The tragedy has sparked immediate action by both the state and the city. On Sunday, the speed limit on the Scajaquada Expressway was ordered by the governor to immediately be lowered from 50 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour in areas that pass through the park.
In addition to a lower speed limit, drivers should expect new speed message boards and barriers to protect pedestrians.
According to city officials, the signs and barriers are going up right away.
“We will be assisting the Department of Transportation, moving forward with the installation of barriers. The city’s installation will be on a temporary basis to ensure greater safety for those who use Delaware Park and the Delaware Park ring road, and also to give users of Delaware Park piece of mind with their safety in the park,” Brown said.
Sunday, the Mayor called a news conference to discuss the city’s efforts to insure no tragedy like this occurs again.
Police officials told News 4 the investigation into the crash is still ongoing.
The driver of the car that struck the Sugorovskiy family has been released from police custody and has not been charged. Investigators said the driver was visibly upset and has been fully cooperating with them. He was not given a sobriety test at the scene, and police told News 4 the cause of the crash is still being investigated.
The man’s car is in police custody for further review.
According to police, there is a traffic camera that covers that area of the 198 that passes through Delaware Park, but because it pans, they’re unsure of whether or not the crash was captured.
A family spokesperson for the Sugorovskiy has expressed the family’s gratitude for community support.
In the statement, they said:
“The family would like to thank the city of Buffalo residents for the outpouring of love and support given to them at this most difficult time. They are asking the public and the media for patience and respect for their privacy while they mourn and heal. The family is also asking for your prayers in the coming days and in the future as they prepare and deal with this forever life changing event.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to accept donations to help pay for funeral services and medical care.