JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – Members of Jamestown’s City Council heard plans to erect a permanent structure that would honor a 15-year-old who was killed in a hit and run crash last December.
Alexis Hughan was crossing West 6th Street on New Year’s Eve 2021 when she was struck and killed by an 18-wheel car carrier, allegedly operated by an impaired driver.
Spearheaded by community member Missy Paterniti, the memorial would be placed within Dow Park near the intersection of 6th and Washington Streets where the tragedy occurred.
In her efforts, Paterniti gathered community support over the last month to honor the late teen.
“I raised over $2,000 dollars this last month to buy some benches with a plaque and a stone,“ explained Paterniti. “One other little surprise, that I thought that I was going to have a drawing, but didn’t get a chance to get to it. But I would like to ask the council if they would approve a large peace sign made of bricks.”
The City Council and Mayor’s office said they would look into the memorial and discuss what actions can be taken in a future work session.