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Cohoes community calls for safer crossing at intersection where teen was killed

June 19, 2016 11:23 PM

COHOES - “I don't want to see this happen to anybody's child, anybody,” said Betty Napoli.

Napoli is one of a number of community members at a protest in Cohoes Sunday afternoon who said 16-year-old Brittany knight's death could have been prevented.

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“Something needs to be done,” said Brittany’s stepmother Amber Foy. “We are living a nightmare that no family of any other person should have to live,” she said.

“We need more signage for reduced speed because people fly up and down those streets,” said protester Penny Hanson.

The Cohoes high school sophomore's life -- cut short when she was run over by a car at the intersection of bridge avenue and 787, which turns into Cohoes boulevard, Thursday evening.

Her death is the third to happen at a Cohoes intersection on 787 in 15 years.

Community members are demanding change.

“We need to start with the pedestrian bridge,” Hanson said. “We need to get the cross walks painted. These kids need to be safe,” she said.

“We want something done down there so that another child doesn't get hit, get killed,” said Brittany’s aunt, Jennifer Taylor.

For years, community members have Cohoes officials to make the intersection, which runs through the city, safer.

“I don't look at people and say everybody's speeding up and down on purpose,” said Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse during a press conference following the accident. “I think the design is flawed,” he said.

It doesn't excuse Brittany's death, which makes even him emotional.

“I don't have to tell you, you can imagine how they feel,” Morse said. “I'm having a hard time getting through this.”

Morse says the state owns 787 and that's where decisions to change it must come from.

He says plans to meet with d-o-t officials to discuss dangers there.

Frustrated protesters want to know how many more people have to die before something is done to fix the problem.

“Whether it be a bridge, somebody there to cross these children. It's just not safe,” Foy said. 


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