BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Buffalo common council members are now calling for a crackdown on speeding in this area following the death of Nyree Anderson. The baby was riding in a stroller when a car hit her and two women, killing the baby.
A small memorial still stands in the spot where she was hit and killed. Her mother told News 4 she was forced to use the street that day saying she can’t push a stroller over cracked sidewalks. Council members are moving forward now trying to make sure this doesn’t happen again. Nyree Anderson’s Great-Grandmother says shes disappointed she hasn’t seen any changes on Moselle Street yet. She said, “How many people how many children, how many people have to die in order for the laws to be changed. The City of Buffalo shouldn’t have waited until someone died to act.”
She says last year when 3-year old Maksym Sugorovskiy was killed, leaders in Albany took immediate action, But here, it’s not the case. Alston said, “Speed limits, cameras whatever they got to do they should do it like yesterday they should do it.”
Councilman David Franczyk with the Fillmore District has now introduced a resolution that would fix sidewalks and crack down on speeding along Moselle Street. He said, “Some sidewalks are entirely missing with weeds and debris coming up, there are blocks of sidewalks that are pulled upward, It’s impossible with a stroller.” The resolution was unanimously approved.
It asks the city police department to step up speeding enforcement He said, “Motorists blatantly violating the law and speeding down the street and blasting loud music and speeding down the street how crazy is that?”
He’s also asking the city to put a stop sign on Moselle near Frankfort Avenue to slow traffic there. He said, “I just wouldn’t want to see this happen again.”
Franczyk says the crumbling sidewalks come from heavy equipment used by demolition crews. He’s calling on the department of public works to fix hard-to-pass spots. He said, “That’s terrible, and to the extent the city can repair that situation, they should and they can and they will.”
Franczyk says there are miles of sidewalks that need repairs and its difficult for the city to get to them all. But he says an extra almost $1 million dollars in the city budget this year strictly for sidewalk repair. He says he will meet with the police commissioner Thursday to go over next steps for enforcement.