A 22-year-old lady was discovered lifeless over the vacation weekend in Buffalo after being trapped in her automobile by the blizzard paralyzing western New York, her household informed CNN on Tuesday.

Anndel Taylor, who had moved to Buffalo, New York, from Charlotte, North Carolina, was driving house from work at a senior citizen middle and was solely six minutes away by automobile from her home when she turned stranded, family members who dwell in Charlotte stated.

Tomeshia Brown, considered one of Taylor’s older sisters, informed CNN that Taylor despatched a video to a gaggle chat together with her sisters at round 3 p.m. on Friday. Within the video, Taylor captured the snow and whiteout circumstances. She informed her sisters who dwell in North Carolina that she was caught and the snow stored falling, Brown stated.

Taylor referred to as 911 and was ready for first responders, Brown and Wanda Brown Steele – Taylor’s mom – informed CNN.

“Her plan was to attend till the police acquired there,” her sister stated, but when that failed, she deliberate to “stand up and stroll as soon as her automobile ran out of fuel.” She additionally stated she deliberate to fall asleep after which attempt to stroll house as soon as she wakened if assist didn’t arrive.

Her household stated they stored in contact with Taylor because the day dragged on. At one level, Taylor texted considered one of her different sisters individually to say that she was beginning to panic, Brown added.

Within the very early hours of Christmas Eve, Taylor would ship her final video message to the group chat. Within the video, Taylor cracks open the driving force’s facet window of her automobile, revealing a street became a barren wasteland by the snow. A van down the street, which seems to be caught, may be seen flashing its hazard lights. Taylor wrote within the group chat that she thought the snow would in all probability be as much as her waist if she acquired out of her automobile.

Later that morning, at round 9 a.m. on Christmas Eve, members of her household in North Carolina referred to as and despatched her a number of messages. “We texted her within the group to ask, ‘Are you OK?’” Brown stated. The household was alarmed when Taylor was not responding.

“Perhaps two hours later, my sister tracked her telephone,” Brown stated. “She [Taylor] should’ve shared her location with my sister. And it confirmed that she was nonetheless outdoors.”

The household alerted Taylor’s family members in Buffalo to the tackle, however as soon as they arrived, they stated they noticed Brown’s automobile, however didn’t see her inside.

“So I put the data on a non-public Fb web page referred to as Buffalo Blizzard 2022 and requested for assist,” Brown stated. She posted the tackle of the tracked telephone and later that night, she acquired a telephone name from an unnamed man. “He tell us he checked her pulse and there was no pulse,” Brown stated.

“I actually didn’t consider it,” she stated. “It was like a piercing feeling in my abdomen, a ache I’ve by no means felt earlier than.”

Taylor’s mom, Brown Steele, informed CNN she was in “shock.”

It might not be till the following day that Taylor’s physique was faraway from the automobile, Brown stated, after a girl despatched a message on Fb to let Brown know that she had additionally situated the automobile – and her sister’s physique.

The lady informed the household in Charlotte that she wouldn’t depart till somebody got here to select her up.

With emergency personnel unable to succeed in the automobile, the girl waited till Taylor’s family members who dwell in Buffalo arrived. All of them helped transfer Taylor’s physique into one other car, the place she was taken to the hospital, Brown stated.

After leaving a number of voicemail messages by means of the course of the vacation weekend, the household in Charlotte heard again from authorities on Monday night. They had been calling to allow them to know they had been able to go to rescue Taylor, Brown stated. The Brown household knowledgeable them that Taylor’s physique had already been transported to the hospital the day earlier than.

“I need to unravel why the town was unable to assist,” Brown Steele informed CNN.

Erie County Govt Mark Poloncarz informed CNN’s Poppy Harlow on “CNN This Morning” on Monday that two-thirds of the tools that was dispatched to assist clear snow in the course of the top of the storm acquired caught.

Poloncarz added {that a} historian with the Buffalo Hearth Division stated this was the primary time within the company’s historical past that personnel couldn’t reply to emergency calls as a result of the severity of the circumstances wouldn’t enable it. .

Erie County officers stated on Tuesday that the county had restored its emergency response service, however they had been nonetheless begging residents to abide by Buffalo’s journey ban and keep off the roads.

CNN has contacted the Buffalo Police Division for additional particulars.

As of Tuesday night, Taylor’s household in Charlotte has but to study the official reason behind Taylor’s demise, Brown stated.

Taylor was described by her sister as “a caring and nurturing individual. She hustled rather a lot, she cared about lots of people,” her sister stated.

“If she might assist, she would show you how to,” her mom stated. “She had plenty of buddies right here in Charlotte – lots of people cared about her.”

Her household arrange a GoFundMe marketing campaign to pay for her funeral providers.

Taylor would have turned 23 subsequent month, Brown stated.


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