Family of Pedestrian Killed on Niagara Falls Boulevard Intends to Sue

Aug. 10, 2018
Jennifer Duffin was killed while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard between Inn Keepers Lane and Willow Ridge Drive. Her family has filed notice that they intend to sue the state, Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda for her death. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)
Jennifer Duffin was killed while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard between Inn Keepers Lane and Willow Ridge Drive. Her family has filed notice that they intend to sue the state, Amherst and the Town of Tonawanda for her death.

The family of a 41-year-old woman who was struck and killed in May while crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard has filed notice that they intend to sue New York and the towns of Amherst and Tonawanda, arguing government agencies failed to address “long-standing dangerous conditions” on the busy route.

The notice of claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, was filed Aug. 3 on behalf of Raegan Duffin and Mark Bailey, the children of Jennifer L. Duffin, who was fatally injured around 12:40 a.m. May 12 as she crossed Niagara Falls Boulevard between Inn Keepers Lane and Willow Ridge Drive.

Michael O. Ohare Jr., 22, of Rochester, was driving the vehicle that struck Duffin. Police said Ohare pulled over immediately and has cooperated with the investigation.

Duffin, who lived in a hotel near the accident site, suffered a collapsed lung, broken right leg, broken pelvis and lacerated liver. The notice seeks payment for medical and funeral bills, pain and suffering and loss of financial support and parental guidance.
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