Vigil held for Cohoes teen hit, killed on 787

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Family and friends gathered Friday night to celebrate the life of a high school sophomore who was hit and killed by a car while crossing the street.

The accident took place around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said Brittany Knight was on her way home at the time.

Officials said it appears as though Knight was crossing west to east and the car was going north. Officials are still working to determine if the light at the time was red or green.

Friends, family and firefighters all gathered at Abram Lansing Elementary School Friday night for the vigil. Those that knew her said she was too young to die.

During the vigil, candles were lit, balloons were released, and a moment of silence was held. Her brother, Austin, was one of the few who was able to hold back tears.

Family members are now urging city officials to rethink the design of 787 since the accident that killed Knight is not the first time someone has been hit by cars there.

“But with this traffic out there, the way it goes by, sometimes they’re doing 70 miles per hour, and they’re going through the light,” Knight’s step-aunt Betty Napoli said. “I’ve seen it. I’ve seen three accidents this week alone.”

Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse has responded to the family’s concerns, but in the meantime, the city is mourning a life that is gone too soon.

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