TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A devastated State Police force is trying to make sense of trooper's tragic death in the town of Tonawanda.
Trooper Kevin Dobson was struck and killed during a routine traffic stop along the 290 on Saturday. A glaring sunrise is still being looked at as a possible factor in the cause of the accident.
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said, "First, we had some sobering news."
Governor Cuomo began his news conference about a budget agreement with some thoughts about Trooper Kevin Dobson.
"Who leaves behind three children, who was doing his job and lost his life when he was killed at a traffic stop," said Governor Cuomo.
It was just before 7:30 Saturday morning. Dobson was talking with a driver that he pulled over for speeding on the 290 in the Town of Tonawanda when a 71-year-old man in a pickup truck struck and killed him. Investigators haven't charged him, but part of the investigation brought them back to the scene at sunrise the following morning.
We did the same thing Monday morning right at sunrise, taking the path that the pickup truck driver took eastbound on the 290. As the video shows, by the time the driver gets onto the highway, at that time of day, this time of year, the sun may have made it hard for the pickup truck driver to see Trooper Dobson next to the car he pulled over.
Governor Cuomo said, "And that's a point to remember how the men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line every day, and we recall that and our best wishes to his family."
Cuomo has ordered flags to be flown at half staff this Friday, the day of Trooper Dobson's funeral at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church in Clarence. The service begins at 11. His wake will be held Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 4 until 7 at Amigone Funeral Home on Sheridan in Amherst.
You can honor Trooper Dobson by sending donations to New York State Troopers PBA Signal 30 Fund 120 State Street, Albany, NY 12207.
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