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CAR HITS TRASH ON STREET; CITY INACTION ANGERS DRIVER

An accumulation of trash on one of the city's main thoroughfares may cost at least one commuter higher insurance rates.

Robyn Shelton of Cheektowaga said she was trying to avoid a vehicle about 1:30 p.m. last Thursday when her car rammed into a pile of old furniture that was spilling over the curb into the eastbound lane of Genesee Street near Theodore Street.

"A woman cut me off, and I moved closer to the curb, right into the pile," Ms. Shelton said. "My car got ruined by all this garbage hanging off the curb."

Streets Sanitation Commissioner James J. Makowski said his crews have made an all-out effort to pick up trash along the city's main traffic arteries and that the pile of garbage should have been picked up as of Monday.

Ms. Shelton said her car sustained about $1,105 damage.

On Wednesday, there was a neat pile of refrigerator doors, chairs, a television set and other items piled behind the curb near Theodore Street.

Other trash -- not as neat -- was piled along areas of Genesee Street between Michigan Avenue and Theodore.

"I have a busted windshield, the antenna was ripped out, a mirror was pulled out, and there are more than surface scratches on my car that will require a new paint job," she said.

What upset Ms. Shelton, however, is the city's apparent lack of concern over her plight.

The police, Ms. Shelton said, would not file an accident report because there was no contact with the other car. The other driver sped away after the accident but not before Ms. Shelton took down the license-plate number.

Makowski said Wednesday his department had received no complaints about the trash on Genesee Street.

"I don't want my four-year, clean-driving record to be destroyed by someone else's negligence," Ms. Shelton said.

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