Family asks for street lighting on Niagara Falls Blvd after deadly crash

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AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local family is fighting for safety changes on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

They lost a loved one in a deadly crash on the road in August. John Strasser, 61, was hit by a car while crossing the road during the early morning. He died at the scene.
“The driver was not at fault. he wasn’t speeding, he wasn’t impaired, he wasn’t being distracted by anything. It was dark and he didn’t see my brother until it was too late,” said Marge Strasser, John’s sister.

Thirty days after Strasser died, another person was hit and killed on the same road.

Strasser’s family is now asking town leaders to install street lights. They want the lights on Niagara Falls Boulevard between E. Robinson Road and Willow Ridge Drive.

“We’re not asking for you to reduce the speed limit, we’re not asking for another traffic signal, we’re just asking for street lights,” said Strasser.

The Town of Amherst Traffic-Safety Board says Niagara Falls Boulevard is a state highway, which means the town doesn’t have jurisdiction. They do however, have some say on lighting, but they will have to meet with other towns and agencies before anything can be done.

“We’re aware of the concern and the accidents that have happened on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Half the jurisdiction of Niagara Falls Boulevard is the Town of Tonawanda and half is the Town of Amherst so that is why we’re going to meet with them and National Grid to discuss this issue,” said Larry Hunter, Chairman.

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