Pedestrian hit and killed in crosswalk

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A teenage girl from Cheektowaga has died after being hit by a car while walking in a crosswalk late Thursday evening.

Chelsea Chandler, 19, was crossing Harlem Road at Walden Avenue around 11:30 p.m. when she was struck by a vehicle that was heading south on Harlem. Police say the driver of the car had a green light and did not see Chandler in the roadway.

Chandler was rushed to Sisters of Charity Hospital where she was stabilized and then immediately transferred to the Erie County Medical Center. She later died from her injuries.

“This is a tragedy. This is every parent’s worst nightmare. A 19 year old girl lost her life. It’s just a tragedy,” said Assistant Cheektowaga Police Chief Jim Speyer. “We lost a beautiful person from our community. She was working, contributing to society, and unfortunately her life was lost.”

No charges have been filed against the driver. Police say the driver has been cooperating in the investigation and a breath test at the scene showed that she had no alcohol in her system at the time of the crash.

The accident is currently under investigation. Anyone who witnessed the accident has been asked to contact the Cheektowaga Police Accident Investigation Unit at 686-3580. “If there’s anybody that did see what happened, we certainly want to talk to them. We want to try to gather as much information as we can,” Assistant Chief Speyer said.

Thursday night’s crash was not the first tragic accident at this intersection. A 13 year old was hit and killed while riding his bike at the intersection of Harlem and Walden about a year and a half ago. Pedestrians who were using the crosswalk at Harlem Road on Friday morning tell us they feel it is a very dangerous intersection because you can’t see southbound traffic coming over the hill just up the road, and drivers often don’t see pedestrians in the roadway. One pedestrian told News 4 she calls the intersection the “walk of death”.

The family has started a Go Fund Me to assist with expenses.

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