Mom of three killed in hit-and-run accident

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) – Ebony Austin’s life was cut short Monday night after she was struck by a driver who never stopped.

The mother of three young girls had just left work as a housekeeper at the Four Points by Sheraton on Buffalo Avenue.

Normally her children’s father, a cab driver, would pick her up, but her close friend said that night she was on her own.

Marybeth Rios said, “Unfortunately that night he had a fare and was unable to get her so she walked down 77nd Street from Buffalo Avenue to Niagara Falls Boulevard to take the bus home to pick up her girls.”

Austin’s daughters, ages 1, 3, and 5, are now struggling to understand why their mother never made it home.

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“Anywhere that Ebony went she had her girls with her. It didn’t matter if it was raining or snowing, what it was, she was never leaving her girls behind,” said Rios.

Austin’s family has set up a fundraising site for her children.

Niagara Falls Police still need help tracking down the driver who hit Austin.

The accident happened just before 11:30 Monday night. Niagara Falls Police Traffic Captain Angela Munn said that the only description they have of the car is a four-door sedan that is light in color, maybe silver or white.

She explained, “We are going to keep reviewing the information we have. We still have to get more video from the local businesses and just hope people come forward with information.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Niagara Falls Police at 286-4711.

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