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NYS DOT to evaluate safety along Union Road in Cheektowaga

Action comes in wake of fatal bicycle accident that claimed life of 16-year old

September 04, 2018 - 3:53 pm

Cheektowaga, N.Y. (WBEN) - With the constant roar of the busy traffic along Union Road in the background, New York State and local lawmakers gathered to announce the New York State Department of Transportation(DOT) would begin a comprehensive safety evaluation along the busy stretch that was the scene of a fatal accident over the summer. 

16 year-old Sherilann Lorenz was killed July 30th while riding her bicycle after being struck by a vehicle along Union Road at Rosedale near the overpass for Route 33.  Lorenz was on the way to her job as a lifeguard for the Town of Cheektowaga at the time of the incident.

"Just because this road is busy, doesn not mean that it shouldn't be safe", said Senator Tim Kennedy, who was joined by Assemblywoman Monica Wallace and Cheektowaga Town Supervisor Diane Benczkowski.

In response to a joint letter sent to the DOT requesting a traffic study, Kennedy and Wallace announced that the DOT will begin a safety evaluation study of the busy Cheektowaga intersection to identify opportunities for immediate pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvements. DOT will also perform additional operational reviews as part of the state’s Pedestrian Safety Action Plan and will recommend a distinct set of engineering, education, and enforcement measures to be incorporated into future construction projects.

“The tragic accident that led to the loss of a Sherilann Lorenz left our community heartbroken,” said Assemblymember Wallace.

“Everyone has been left devastated by the tragic death of Sherilann Lorenz,” said Cheektowaga Supervisor Diane Benczkowski.  “While we mourn the loss of Sherilann, we have committed to do all we can to prevent future tragedies from occurring.

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