The snowstorm that hit Buffalo, New York over the holiday weekend is being blamed for the death of a woman from North Carolina.
Anndel Taylor, 22, of Charlotte, was driving home from work in Buffalo when her car became stuck in the snow, according to her family, who spoke to ABC affiliate WSOC-TV.
Taylor relocated to New York to care for her ailing father, according to her family.
Taylor’s family believes she was trapped inside her car for at least 18 hours before dying. Even more tragically, her death occurred just days before her 23rd birthday, according to her family.
Taylor informed her family that she had called 911 and was waiting for first responders, who were unable to reach her.
“Everyone who tried to get to her got stuck, in my opinion. Everyone got stuck, including the fire department and the police “Tomeshia Brown, Taylor’s sister, told WSOC.
Taylor also told them in a group chat that the snow was falling fast and shared video footage of snow covering her car windows, according to the family.
She expressed her concern to her family.
Taylor’s mother, Wanda Brown Steele, believes her daughter died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
“The car was running, and the snow was still coming, so it blocked the pipes, the exhaust pipe.”
Steele stated that her daughter intended to sleep through the storm and then walk home.
According to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz of New York, some people died as a result of storm-related delays in reaching those who were stranded in frigid temperatures.