The families of victims who were struck and killed on the Tonawanda Creek portion of the Amherst bike path in November have notified the Town of Amherst of their intention to seek damages for their injury and wrongful death.
Motorcyclist David A. Smith was driving drunk, police said, when he veered off Tonawanda Creek Road on Nov. 11 and plowed into a group of pedestrians on the Amherst bike path where no physical barrier separates the bike path from street traffic.
Jocelyn B. Elberson, 25, of the Town of Tonawanda, and Sheila Pelton, 81, of East Amherst, were killed. Pelton’s husband, Foster, 79, suffered serious injuries, including multiple fractures and a collapsed lung.
The Peltons recently filed a notice of claim against the town. Elberson’s family filed a similar notice against the town last month. Both documents state that the town “failed” to properly design and protect residents along that stretch of the bike path.
The Amherst Town Board will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the council chambers of the Amherst Municipal Building, 5583 Main St., Williamsville. The meeting will be preceded by a work session at 3 p.m. As always, the evening meeting will be live blogged at www.buffalonews.com
Also this week:
• The Williamsville School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the District Office board room, 105 Casey Road, East Amherst, for its regular meeting. That meeting will be followed by a Repair Reserve hearing at 7:15 p.m. and a budget forum at 7:30 p.m.
• The Amherst School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the district office conference room, 55 Kings Highway. Topics for discussion include the school budget and Daemen parking lot.
• The Amherst Senior Singers will host a free Irish sing-a-long at 2 p.m. today in the Williamsville Meeting House, 5658 Main Street, as an advance tribute to St. Patrick’s Day. The Irishman Pub, 5601 Main St., will hold a free dessert reception after the event.
• A free screening of the movie “Big Night” will be held at 3:30 p.m. next Sunday in the Williamsville Meeting House. Music will begin at 3 p.m. A special dinner menu will be prepared following the movie at Sorrentino’s Restaurant 5640 Main Street. Call the restaurant for information and reservations.
• Brompton Heights will hold its annual Hospice Spring Bouquet Sale from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday in its main lobby, 275 Brompton Road. Bouquets are $8 each and will benefit Hospice Buffalo.