A 7-month-old girl was killed on June 19 when she, along with her mother and great aunt, was hit by a car. The two women had just stepped off the curb, with the mother pushing her baby in a stroller, when the car struck them.
Neighbors described hearing tires screeching, followed by two loud bangs. The stroller landed several feet away, while the adults were knocked to the street and the car ran down a tree before stopping in a nearby yard.
By coincidence, the mother’s sister and a firefighter happened to pass by just after the collision. The mother carried her infant daughter into her sister’s SUV, which sped to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save the girl.
Police told the Buffalo News that the driver, a 44-year-old man, had not been charged with a crime as of June 20. But they were investigating the crash, specifically to determine if the driver was speeding.
A neighbor said the driver seemed dazed after the crash, but denied being intoxicated when she confronted him.
A deadly car wreck usually robs a family of a spouse, parent, child or sibling. A negligent driver is a danger to everybody else around them, but especially pedestrians, who are not protected by a steel frame, airbags and seat belts like drivers and passengers. Victims or their survivors should consider speaking to a personal injury attorney about their options.