BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- With heavy hearts, state and local leaders took action Sunday, to make sure the tragedy in Delaware Park from the day before, never happens again.
“This has been a tough 24 hours for the city of Buffalo, a very tough 24 hours,” Mayor Byron Brown said Sunday during a news conference.
Saturday, 3-year-old Maksym Sugorovskiy was killed when a car jumped the curb on the 198 and flew into Delaware Park. His sister, 5-year-old Stephanie Sugorovskiy was critically injured.
The children’s mother, Mary Sugorovskiy, 32, was with them at the time of the crash, but was not seriously injured.
“Just unbelievable shock. We couldn’t stop thinking about it all day,” said Jessica Rogalski, a Parkside resident.
Effective immediately, areas of the 198 that pass through the park will have a speed limit of 30 miles per hour, instead of 50.
This change comes after an order from Gov. Cuomo to the Department of Transportation.
The city of Buffalo is working with the state to implement it, along with other new safety measures.
“What we’ve been doing with the DOT is, they are preparing to do a permanent solution with what they call a box-rail, along the affected areas that they feel should be addressed. We will help them by installing Jersey barriers as protection while they complete their project,” said Commissioner of Public Works, Steve Stepniak.
Neighbors in the Parkside community told News 4 concern over 198 traffic is nothing new.
“My husband and I went to a meeting at the Parkside Community Association 10 years ago, before my kids were born, when they were talking about changing it back to a Parkway,” Rogalski said.
Craig Dembinski, another Parkside resident, said this is a step in the right direction.
“I think it will be part of the overall solution, however that comes about. But I do think a speed limit reduction especially in that area would certainly help,” he told News 4.
A long term solution, the Mayor said, will take years and lots of strategic planning.
A 198 redesign, which has been suggested in the past, is not off the table.
“The park has been there for 100 years. And the park came first, the expressway came much later,” said Mayor Brown.