Family of Pedestrian Ax Victim Calls For Changes

Accident Victim's Family Petition for NF Blvd Safety

Tonawanda, N.Y. -- The family of a man killed recently on Niagara Falls Boulevard is calling for changes to make the busy roadway safer. 

Shannon Tagliarino is the daughter of 67-year-old Paul Mroczka. He was the pedestrian killed crossing Niagara Falls Boulevard back in the early morning of  Sept. 29th. She describes her father as a kind and loving man with a strong work ethic. 

His death marked the fifth pedestrian death on Niagara Falls Boulevard in the past three years. 

Police say Mroczka was killed as he was crossing the road to catch an NFTA bus. 

Tagliarino and her family have launched a petition drive to draw attention to improvements they feel are necessary to prevent future accidents. 

"They need to lower the speed limit, they need to have like the crossing light longer so people can cross, and they need to put in more crosswalks," Tagliarino said. 

Following traffic studies, the state Department of Transportation (DOT) has installed more crossing signals in recent years. 


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