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)
  • By Ben Tsujimoto
  • Updated 2:58 PM
    May 30, 2015

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:

 

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