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Ryan urges highway change after tragedy

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A tragic accident in Delaware Park yesterday killed one child and left another clinging to life. Reports indicate that a car careened off of the Scajaquada Expressway, crashing through the median and striking a mother and her children. The accident killed a 3-year-old boy. A 5-year-old girl is in critical condition at Women and Children's Hospital. The mother suffered minor injuries. Assemblyman Sean Ryan claims this tragedy is a reason to take another look at restructuring the highway.

"The DOT always measures inconvenience to drivers and how many more minutes it would take if the Scajaquada was a 30 mile an hour parkway. But, I think today's tragedy shows you that that's a false measurement, and that today every driver in Western New York would gladly sacrifice three minutes of their time not to have had this tragedy occurred."

Ryan has long been a proponent of changing the highway into a parkway with lower speed limits. He states that public opinion is behind the effort.

The driver of the car is in police custody and is cooperating in the investigation.

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