COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Brittany Knight, 16, was hit and killed in June on 787 at Bridge Avenue.
Police are now saying the driver that allegedly killed her, 48-year-old William Lamb, has been charged with speeding, 53 mph in a 40 mph zone.
Mayor Shawn Morse says these new findings are not shocking. Reports show that Knight suffered from multiple blunt force traumas.
Assistant Chief Thomas Ross says it was determined that Knight had crossed against the light and Lamb was speeding. Ross says Lamb likely will not face any additional charges per the Albany County D.A.’s office.
Morse says now all intersections of 787 have new buttons that light up, and all lights will turn red to allow pedestrians to cross.
He also says he has ruled out the idea of a pedestrian bridge and still stands behind the idea of turning 787 into a boulevard.
“We’re not asking to beautify 787. We’re saying people are getting killed when is enough, enough,” Mayor Morse said.
Morse called the concept of 787 running through Cohoes “the worst concept” he’s ever seen.
Until that $15 million project becomes a reality, he’s doing everything he can to make the dangerous roadway safer for everyone.
“Right now as it stands, 787 from an engineering standpoint, is safer than it has ever been.”
He’s sent more patrols to the highway since Knight was killed. Officers have issued more than 400 tickets since then.
He now has his sights on pedestrians.
“When you combine the two of high speed and human error, you usually have a tragedy.”
Morse says they will start ticketing pedestrians they see crossing against the light.
“It doesn’t matter who gets the ticket. Somebody’s going to get them if they’re walking the wrong way across the highway.”
For those drivers who still won’t slow down, Morse says they’ll pay a steep price and will be unable to reduce the ticket.
And if they’re upset about it?
“I’d ask them to go sit down with Brittany Knight’s family and find out what upset is all about.”
Lamb will appear in court on September 27.