Family members look for answers after infant is killed in car crash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The family of an infant killed in a tragic accident on Sunday night expressed their level of devastation just a day after the horrific event on the city’s east side.

A car hit a stroller with baby Nyree Anderson inside, killing the 7-month-old girl. The car also hit the child’s mother and cousin. Each are recovering in the hospital as of Monday night.

Now officers are canvassing the neighborhood and pleading with neighbors or witnesses of the crash to come forward.  Police first responded to Moselle Street after 9:30 p.m., not far from East Ferry Street.

Anderson’s mother Shannon Anderson pushed the stroller along the street when the car struck the family, including her cousin. As the car collided with the family, it continued into the stroller and then a tree. It came to a stop not far away, prompting police response.

Family of Anderson have been grieving ever since, with members of her immediate family visiting the scene just a day later.

Great aunt Denise Alston said Anderson was always happy and smiling.

“She was a beautiful baby, 7-months old,” Alston said. “A senseless accident that could have been avoided.”

Now they’re looking for answers. Vascier Thomas, Nyree Anderson’s Aunt said, “They took her, she was only seven months old. We just want anybody that has any information to any video recordings, to please contact the family please contact the police.”

Police say the driver is a 44-year-old man from Buffalo. So far he is cooperating with their investigation. Meanwhile family members say they’re still in shock over this unexpected death:

“We’re going to investigate any video sources, that we can obtain, from the city obviously we’re in the process of doing that. Also from private citizens who have recording systems on their homes and businesses,” Thomas Leatherbarrow, a Buffalo Police official, said.

Nyree Anderson’s family says there is not a fundraising page yet organized to help with funeral costs. Anybody with security footage is encouraged to share it with police by calling 851-4537. 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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