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Delaware Park tragedy amplifies public backlash at Scajaquada

Delaware Park tragedy amplifies public backlash at Scajaquada The death of a child due to a car veering off the 198 into Delaware Park has public calling louder for Scajaquada changes. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News file photo)

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Public pressure is mounting for authorities to make changes to the Scajaquada Expressway stemming from a child's death and a serious injury to another after a car veered into Delaware Park on Saturday.

The car jumped over the curb of the expressway known also as the 198, which runs east-west and splits the Olmsted park into sections, crashing into a 4-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl changing seats in a stroller near the ring road. Further details are still emerging, which will be updated at BuffaloNews.com and through The News' Twitter account.

Saturday's incident is far from the first time that safety concerns have been raised over the at-times windy 50-mph corridor that connects the Kensington Expressway to the 190.

In April 2014, Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced that the Department of Transportation had heard the calls for increased safety on the Scajaquada and planned to study the impact of reducing the speed limit to 30 mph. At the same time, News columnist Denise Jewell Gee penned a strong column pushing for change.

In March, a presentation was delivered at the Burchfield Penney, followed by a discussion, on the topic, while a slew of opinion pieces advocating a lower speed limit, a change into a parkway and complete elimination of the 198 have been published by The News. Moreover, John Paget's video, "America's Best Designed City," further detailed urban problems created by the presence of the Scajaquada and Kensington.

Here is the response on Twitter from Saturday:

 

  • Jamie Park

    What a sickening tragedy. Totally preventable. A suit should be brought against the DOT. SLOW DOWN THAT SECTION. Ridiculous. I am so angry at the city, knowing this was unsafe, unattractive, but have done NOTHING.

  • Paul

    This is a horrific tragedy that could have been prevented
    Just look at the picture above relating to this story. There are guardrails protecting cars from other cars, yet there's nothing protecting young children walking in a park from those same cars.
    What a sorry group of people we are.
    And now here come the politicians to get their faces on TV

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  • Guest1234

    What an awful tragedy. As others have said, unfortunately this was also completely preventable had our political hacks made some common sense recommendations and the DOT safety engineers were something other than a group of incompetent dolts. There are so many dangerous intersections and sections of road in the area but instead of doing something about it, these morons just stand there looking stupid and pissing down their own legs. Shame of it is it wasn't one of those politicians or engineers that got hit, it was some innocent 5 year old kid and his sister. Prayers, condolences and best wishes to the family.

  • Biff Kman

    Put a traffic stop light every 1/4 mile (with red light cameras) and everyone will hate it so much they will find alternate routes

    • disqus_DKnqalor9M

      Yup that will help the air quality of the Park . We all know how well they time traffic lights in Buffalo .

    • disqus_DKnqalor9M

      Yup that will help the air quality of the Park . We all know how well they time traffic lights in Buffalo .

  • Daniel Cadzow

    The expressway needs to be removed. In terms of analogies, traffic is like water sloshing about and roads are the vessels that contain them. When all the vessels are the same size (like a bunch of cups of water) when one cup springs a leak (construction, and accident, whatever) the surrounding cups can easily absorb the spillage. With the 198, the DOT put a giant pitcher on the table and when it leaks, there's a terrible mess. Removing expressways doesn't cause "carmageddons" building them does.

    • Dan The Man

      "The expressway needs to be removed"

      Won't happen; speed limit will be reduced.

  • goose42

    Terrible. They also need to find a way to slow drivers down on Delaware where it cuts through the park and cemetery between Forest Ave and Nottingham. It can be terrifying riding your bike in the bike lane with cars going well over 50 mph there. Even in a car, if you try and drive the posted speed limit, there is always someone to tailgate and yell at you there.

  • Austin Hood

    How incredibly tragic that in a city where we can spend $50 million for a new hockey coach and $225 million for a new stadium we can't spend a few dollars to protect a woman and her babies.

    This is a crime that calls to heaven for justice. And, while I am not a litigious person I hope the attorneys teach the DOT a lesson they will never forget.

    My thoughts are prayers are with this family in their time of need.

  • Austin Hood

    How incredibly tragic that in a city where we can spend $50 million for a new hockey coach and $225 million for a new stadium we can't spend a few dollars to protect a woman and her babies.

    This is a crime that calls to heaven for justice. And, while I am not a litigious person I hope the attorneys teach the DOT a lesson they will never forget.

    My thoughts are prayers are with this family in their time of need.

  • LabGrrl

    You know, it is customary to at least send a direct message to twitter users you quote in articles warning them you're going to. Actually, it is customary to *ask* permission, even if you don't need it. That's some "high quality*" reporting there, Lou. [* for exceeding low values of 'high quality.] How about, instead of mining twitter for comments you actually write about what the problems ARE with the 198, and why they are ignored.

    • jimbob

      It'd be one thing if he quoted you and didnt attribute the quote to you. But its a direct link to your tweet, so WGAS?

  • nopie

    There are already plans drawn to change the 198. Where are they? Ask the politicians.

  • Paul

    It does not matter if you drop the speed limit, people will still speed. That is a given.
    The problem is there's no protection, not a guardrail or jersey barrier for pedestrians walking in the park.
    Cars are traveling 60 mph 15 feet from children walking.
    I am heartbroken for this family.

  • http://facebook.com/SurvivngNursingHomeLife Jenifer Williams

    If there's any way the mother of the child that died can sue the DOT for dragging it's heals, I hope she does. This could have been prevented many, many years ago just by installing a cement barricade. At least a barricade would've slowed the vehicle down enough for that family to get out the way but, of course, it's always about money, not human life. The speed limit will only be decreased and maybe a stop light will be put in. The families that live around Delaware Park need to get together and storm City Hall. It's the only way something will be done. It always seems to take a senseless tragedy before changes take place. A monument/memorial needs to be errected for the little boy who lost his life because he is the only reason the schmucks at City Hall are going to change what's going on with the 198 now; sad but true.

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