Woman claims Lackawanna pothole blew out two tires

City officials say they need proof to pay out claim

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Call it the season of headaches for drivers. We’re talking about those pesky potholes.

Ashley Parry and Peter Sullivan say they found that out the hard way Saturday night while driving a stretch of Ridge Road near South Park in Lackawanna.

“As soon as we hit the pothole we knew that we had two flats,” said Parry, a Lackawanna resident.

Ashley sent News 4 pictures of the damaged tires, and the Ridge Road pothole in question. But when we visited the site Tuesday the pothole was already patched.

“We were shocked. I was shocked. I knew right away it did a lot of damage to the vehicle,” Sullivan explained.

They say it cost them about $300 to get the tires fixed.

When asked about the likelihood of the city reimbursing them, Parry responded:

“Slim to none. Definitely not. I guarantee it.

Lackawanna Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski says he’s sympathetic.

“I do feel bad for her because you know $300 bucks, that’s not chump change.”

He says a successful claim with the city requires, among other things, proof of where and when it happened.

“We have to be told that there’s an issue at a specific spot and then if we’re informed of it and we don’t do anything about it then all communities are liable for or whichever community it was in,” Szymanski added.

Ashley and Peter can file a claim with the city and see where it goes.

Szymanski says his road crews have been busy filling potholes when the weather cooperates.

He says that stretch of Ridge Road is scheduled to be paved in the spring.

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