“Erin’s Crosswalk” unveiled four years after deadly accident

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — A brand new crosswalk was unveiled at the corner of Maple and Culpepper Roads in Amherst Saturday.

The crosswalk is in honor of 13-year-old Erin Suszynski who was killed four years ago trying to cross the busy street.

Erin was crossing the street to get to a playground to see her friends when she was hit by a car and killed.

It took four years to get what’s now being called, “Erin’s Crosswalk,” up and running.

After Erin’s death, her family set out on a mission to make the area safer.

They wanted to build guard rails and reduce speed limits. They wanted to do anything to make sure this kind of tragedy didn’t happen again to another family.

Erin’s father says the crosswalk is a long time coming.

“We recently have tested this crosswalk and it was like the first time i took a walk across here, I just said I wish it was here,” said Jerry Suszynski, Erin’s father. “I mean obviously if it was here, our daughter would still be here, but right now everything we have done since it happened is all for this.”

Through “Erin’s Crosswalk” more than $80,000 was raised. The family donated all of it to 12 different charities that they knew Erin loved including Wings, the Ronald McDonald house and the SPCA.

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