(WBNG) — The community is honoring New York State Department of Transportation worker Matt Howe after his family told 12 News he died Monday.
Matt Howe, formally Dennis Matthew Howe, was working when a tractor trailer hit his vehicle on Route 17 in Tioga County Wednesday March 13.
Looking back on the incident, Tioga County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Shawn Nalepa explains the move over law, saying, “you get over one lane to give these people enough room to work and so that they can be safe.”
He says following this legislation could have made all the difference.
“The vehicle, had it moved over to the other side this collision likely would have been avoided and this person would likely be alive today.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo directed flags in all state government buildings to be flown at half staff in honor of Howe.
He said in a statement:
“We have zero tolerance for anyone who flagrantly puts the lives and safety of our workers in jeopardy. This year I called for stricter protections for transportation workers to send a clear message that New York stands with our workers.”
A GoFundMe was also started for Howe’s medical bills. You can donate to it here.