Mother charged with felony DWI after crash that injured her 3 kids

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo mother was arrested for DWI after an early Friday morning crash on the city’s east side that left her three young children injured.

Investigators say Melissa Ruth Russell of Gilbert Street was attempting to drive home from South Buffalo when she lost control of her vehicle and struck three parked cars on Hirschbeck Avenue.

All three of the 23-year-old woman’s children were taken to the hospital, where two were treated and released. A third remains at Women and Children’s Hospital with more serious injuries.

Police say Russell had a BAC of .22 percent, which is nearly three times the legal limit. She has been charged with felony DWI under Leandra’s Law and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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