BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Just two weeks after 3-year-old Xayeliz Morales was hit by a car on Floss Avenue, her neighbors held a block party to discuss safety. Morales was playing July 20 when she was critically injured; the driver never stopped. She was just 2-years-old at the time and spent her third birthday at Women & Children’s Hospital, where she is still in critical condition.
Cortasia Carter, the president of the Floss, Weber and Rogers United block club said, “It made me very angry that it took something like that happening for people to notice that people don’t pay attention to stop signs and people don’t abide by speeding rules.”
Paul Jarrett who lives on Floss Avenue said, “A one-way, some speed bumps, anything that will make the street safer. The cars turn this corner at Floss and Lang and they don’t stop at the stop signs they don’t slow doesn’t they speed down the street and even when we blocked it off today we still had drivers trying to get past.”
Marenda Scales said changes need to happen so children now can experience what she had as a kid.
She explained, “I feel like everyone should be able to come outside and play, because that’s what I grew up on outside and walk the streets, so to get it back to that would be really nice.”
Police are still searching for the driver that hit Morales.
Neighbors say it was a man driving a four door Chevy Impala with tinted windows.
Carter said, “At this point you should have a conscious, you should think about it was a baby, she just turned 3 this week or last week, how could you do that and not say I’m sorry.”
Anyone with information should call the Buffalo Police anonymous TIPCALL line at 847-2255