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Buffalo woman dies in her car after getting trapped for 18 hours while driving home from work

A 22-year-old woman caught in the middle of the historic winter storm in Buffalo, New York died while waiting in her car. 

Anndel Taylor died over the weekend after her car was stranded in the snow Friday afternoon while driving home from work. 

Taylor sent her family a final video from inside her car the day before she was discovered dead from what her mother believes was carbon monoxide poisoning rather than hypothermia, although a cause of death has not yet been given.  

It showed her car stuck in snow while a frightening wind howled outside just after midnight on Saturday. 

The video sparked desperate pleas from her friends and family who begged strangers states away to help locate their missing loved one, who was eventually found sometime after Saturday afternoon. The exact date and time is unknown. 

Anndel Taylor, 22, died over the weekend after her car was stranded in the snow while driving home from work 

Taylor's sister posted this message to Facebook on Christmas Eve, nearly 24 hours after she first was stranded in the storm

Taylor’s sister posted this message to Facebook on Christmas Eve, nearly 24 hours after she first was stranded in the storm

Taylor who was born in Buffalo but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, moved back to New York earlier this year to take care of her father. 

The 22-year-old’s mom and sister spoke with WCOS in North Carolina about the agony of receiving the terrifying video and the waiting afterwards. 

In a family group chat, Taylor told her family members she was stuck in the snow while driving home from work and the precipitation was coming down fast. 

The 16 second video showed Taylor rolling down the snow-covered window to display a wintry landscape. 

‘She was telling my sister that she was scared,’ said Shawnequa Brown, Taylor’s sister. 

The camera pans out over the scene which features several feet of snow under the car and another stranded vehicle just across the way. 

All the while the snow and cold whips through the air in the otherwise silence of the night. 

In a family group chat, Taylor told her family members she was stuck in the snow while driving home from work and the precipitation was coming down fast

In a family group chat, Taylor told her family members she was stuck in the snow while driving home from work and the precipitation was coming down fast

'She was telling my sister that she was scared,' said Shawnequa Brown, Taylor's sister

‘She was telling my sister that she was scared,’ said Shawnequa Brown, Taylor’s sister

Her family told local media in Charlotte they did not know the extent what western New York was going to experience.  

‘I don’t know if any of us really knew how serious it was, we didn’t see the news, we didn’t really know what was going on in Buffalo,’ said Brown. 

As of Monday evening, 27 deaths across Erie County, the county where Buffalo is located, have been confirmed. 

In total, nationwide, 57 people have died in weather-related incidents during the historic ‘once in a lifetime’ storm. 

'I don't know if any of us really knew how serious it was, we didn't see the news, we didn't really know what was going on in Buffalo,' said Shawnequa in an interview with WCOS

‘I don’t know if any of us really knew how serious it was, we didn’t see the news, we didn’t really know what was going on in Buffalo,’ said Shawnequa in an interview with WCOS

Buffalo was pounded by snow over the holiday weekend as more than four feet of precipitation came down in the western New York county

Buffalo was pounded by snow over the holiday weekend as more than four feet of precipitation came down in the western New York county 

Taylor’s family said she had called 911 and was waiting for first responders who couldn’t reach her when she sent the video. 

Wanda Brown Steele, Taylor’s mother, told WCOS her daughter was planning to sleep out the storm in her vehicle before walking home the next day. 

Just hours later, however, Taylor was found dead inside her vehicle. 

Her family said they believe she may have been stuck for 18 hours before her body was discovered. 

Anndel Taylor, 22, died over the weekend after her car was stranded in the snow while driving home from work

Anndel Taylor, 22, died over the weekend after her car was stranded in the snow while driving home from work

Police and residents were seen Monday attempting to shovel out cars almost completely covered in heavy snow

Police and residents were seen Monday attempting to shovel out cars almost completely covered in heavy snow 

Nearly 50 inches of snow fell in Buffalo over the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service

Nearly 50 inches of snow fell in Buffalo over the holiday weekend, according to the National Weather Service 

Thousands throughout Erie County were stranded both in and out of their homes during the storm

Thousands throughout Erie County were stranded both in and out of their homes during the storm

Taylor’s other sister, Tomeshia Brown, said some people had tried to rescue her and her vehicle but attempts were futile.  

‘I feel like everybody that tried to get to her got stuck. Fire department, police, everybody got stuck,’ said Tomeshia. 

‘Why didn’t they have chains on their tires? This is a state that is known for snow,’ the sister continued. 

Local law enforcement officials have yet to confirm Taylor as one of the victims of the storm, nor has her cause of death been released. 

The cause of death for the 22-year-old (left) has yet to be released

The cause of death for the 22-year-old (left) has yet to be released 

Taylor's loved ones offered well wishes to her family as they worked to try and track her down in the middle of the historic snow storm

Taylor’s loved ones offered well wishes to her family as they worked to try and track her down in the middle of the historic snow storm

Taylor’s family worked desperately in the hours after she sent the video to try and find her, posting to social media pages and asking friends to spread the word. 

Tomeshia posted on December 24: ‘My Sister Got Caught In A blizzard in Buffalo at 2pm yesterday. She was still stuck at 11pm lastnight !!!! Now she’s Lost under The snow And No one can find her ! I got this pain In my stomach.’ 

Another loved one said they attempted to get the help of police and EMS to go out to the location she was last known to be. 

‘Anndel Taylor baby girl we fought to find you all day…we sent out wellness checks and all and police said it was nothing they could do we been trying to get people to get to her all day the plows buried her in her car and all without checking the car.’

Wanda Brown Steele, Taylor's mother, told WCOS her daughter was planning to sleep out the storm in her vehicle before walking home the next day

Wanda Brown Steele, Taylor’s mother, told WCOS her daughter was planning to sleep out the storm in her vehicle before walking home the next day

'The car was running, and the snow was still coming, so it blocked the pipes, the exhaust pipe,' Steele said of her theory that her daughter was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning

‘The car was running, and the snow was still coming, so it blocked the pipes, the exhaust pipe,’ Steele said of her theory that her daughter was killed by carbon monoxide poisoning 

The young woman’s family believe she may have died from carbon monoxide poisoning, rather than hypothermia. 

‘The car was running, and the snow was still coming, so it blocked the pipes, the exhaust pipe,’ Steele said. ‘Then after the car cut off, that’s when she iced up.’

Now the family is left to deal with the tragic loss during the holiday season. 

‘A lot of crying, (she) still got presents under the tree,’ Shawnequa said.

Taylor would have turned 23 in January. 

Taylor had been born in Buffalo but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina

Taylor had been born in Buffalo but raised in Charlotte, North Carolina

A GoFundMe set up for the family to bring Taylor home to Charlotte and pay for funeral expenses has since been flooded with comments from those who knew and loved her and even those who didn’t. 

‘Anndel was one of my former students. Her light shined strong and my prayers are with her family during this difficult time. Anndel, rest in peace you sweet girl,’ a woman wrote on a GoFundMe page.  

‘I’m so sorry for your loss, heartbroken for your family. Sending love from Buffalo, we’re all neighbors here,’ wrote one person. 

‘My mom worked along side her. We lift you up during this time of tragedy,’ said another. 

As of Monday evening, the fundraiser has brought in just over $8,000 of its $10,000 goal.  

A GoFundMe set up for the family to bring Taylor home to Charlotte and pay for funeral expenses has since been flooded with comments from those who knew and loved her

A GoFundMe set up for the family to bring Taylor home to Charlotte and pay for funeral expenses has since been flooded with comments from those who knew and loved her

The fundraiser has raised over $8,000 of its $10,000 goal, as of Monday evening

The fundraiser has raised over $8,000 of its $10,000 goal, as of Monday evening 

Of the 27 people killed in Erie County, three were found dead inside a vehicle, according to county executive Mark Poloncarz. 

The executive released a breakdown of the deaths to Twitter Monday afternoon before sharing with CNN that he expects the death toll to rise.

14 people in the county had died of exposure, four people had no heat, three were from snow shoveling and snow blowing cardiac events, and three people died while awaiting delayed EMS services.   

‘I am aware of additional bodies that have been recovered and are being brought to our temporary morgue,’ Poloncarz told The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer Monday.

‘We’ve had so many bodies that various hospitals are full and we’re just having to go through and determine if the individuals have died from a blizzard-related death,’ the Erie County executive said.

Snow quickly piled up in Erie County, New York, home to Buffalo. More than four feet of snow had fallen by Monday evening

Snow quickly piled up in Erie County, New York, home to Buffalo. More than four feet of snow had fallen by Monday evening

On Monday, local weather reporters shared Buffalo’s airport had seen more than 49 inches of snow during the historic winter storm. 

On Sunday, the National Weather Service of Buffalo reported the area had already been hit with 92.7 inches of snow during the 2022 season so far. 

For comparison, Buffalo typically sees 95.4 inches for the whole season, which ends on June 30. 

The county is expected to continue to see snow well into Tuesday. 

‘We can see sort of the light at the end of the tunnel, but this is not the end yet,’ Poloncarz said. ‘We are not there.’

Buffalo's snowfall total for all of the 2022-2023 season is less than three inches away from the total normal seasonal snow for the area as of Sunday evening

Buffalo’s snowfall total for all of the 2022-2023 season is less than three inches away from the total normal seasonal snow for the area as of Sunday evening

A drone image shows the deep freeze in Cheektowaga, New York, covered in a blanket of snow

A drone image shows the deep freeze in Cheektowaga, New York, covered in a blanket of snow

Millions of people hunkered down against a deep freeze Sunday morning to ride out the frigid storm

Millions of people hunkered down against a deep freeze Sunday morning to ride out the frigid storm



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