BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A child is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on Genesee Street and Floss Avenue, around 9 p.m. Sunday. Buffalo Police say the two-year-old girl is in critical condition at Women and Children’s Hospital.
Two-year-old Xayeliz Morelas spent Sunday at a barbeque on Floss Avenue near Genesee Street in Buffalo.
A family friend said that as it got dark the little girl was outside playing with about a dozen or so children and teens.
He explained, “It was getting a little cold so we came inside the house and the little girl was playing in front of the house just like all day.”
Around 9 p.m., the toddler was in the street when a white four-door Chevy Impala with tinted windows drove down.
Another neighbor says her daughter tried to slow the driver down but he drove around her and kept going.
She said, “The driver just came out of nowhere and just hit her.”
Police say the driver never stopped.
Morelas suffered critical injuries, friends say she has bleeding in her brain.
The family friend said, “I saw the white Impala going down the street going up Cheektowaga and I see in the sidewalk a little girl.”
Kimberlyn Hughes told News4 there is constant traffic on Floss Street and there was a community meeting about slowing drivers down, but nothing was done.
She said, “There’s so many small children on the street and they’re not going to think to look every single time, when they’re playing they’re just going to be out.”
Although police haven’t said whether the driver in this case was speeding, they are still looking for him.
He’s described as a black male, possibly 25-35 years old.
The Impala he was driving likely has damage on the right front passenger side.
The family is pleading with him to come forward. Anyone with information should call the Buffalo Police anonymous tipline at 847-2255.