Wheatfield Town Board to vote on Kreuger Road sidewalk

WHEATFIELD, N.Y. - The Wheatfield Town Board will decide if a new sidewalk will be put along Krueger Road in Wheatfield. 

This comes after a teen was killed in a hit-and-run crash on Kreuger Road back in November of 2014. 

The Town Supervisor is holding a public meeting Monday at 7 p.m., followed by a vote, to decide if extra town money should go to building the sidewalk, hopefully preventing a tragedy like this from happening again. 

It is a long-awaited vote for the family of the victim. 

16-year-old Ryan Fischer was walking along this road in Wheatfield with his girlfriend when police say a driver, later identified as Anthony Difilippo, hit the teen and drove off. 

Fischer's skull was fractured and he later died from his injuries. 

Since then, the town board approved a proposal to fill in the ditch and widen the shoulder of Krueger Road. 

In addition, the speed limit was reduced and stop signs were put up along that stretch. 

But Fischer's family pushed for more change. 

Kelly Dueger, Ryan's step-mom, collected signatures on a petition for a sidewalk. 

Here is what she told Channel 2 back in 2015: 

"As I go around and speak to all the neighbors and see how they feel, most people are angry and the things that I hear the most are thank you for doing this, there has to be something done." 

The Wheatfield Town Supervisor said he believes the town can pay its estimated $189,000 share of the sidewalk without any additional town taxes. 

The remaining $945,000 dollars would be paid for through a state grant. 

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