Town of Hancock bridge named for fallen community member

HANCOCK, N.Y. - A bridge in the Town of Hancock will bear the name of fallen member of the community.

The David Newman Memorial Bridge was unveiled Tuesday along Route 97, about 10 miles south of the Village.

Newman was a two-time Town of Hancock Councilman serving from 1979 until he died in a car accident in January 1987.

Dave and two of his sons, Dan and Tim were heading out of Hancock on a snowy morning when they saw a flatbed tractor trailer fishtailing down the road.

Tim Newman says the truck was heading straight for them so their father shielded them from the impact.

"There was nothing he could do.  We went to the guardrail and the truck hit us.  It knocked Danny out and I was alright from it, I had a broken arm.  He laid over us and he saved us.  The only reason we're here is because of him," said Newman.

The Town passed legislation in 2016 to dedicate the bridge and State Senator Fred Akshar along with Assemblyman Cliff Crouch sponsored the bill this year.

Newman is remembered as 3rd generation logger who loved to hunt and was a big New York Giants fan.

Newman's family members say they will smile when traveling over the bridge.

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