Inside Edition and WKBW Channel 7 ABC News Buffalo reported recently that a heroic teenager sacrificed her life to save her young nephew in a tragic sledding accident that took place Saturday, February 6 in upstate New York.
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According to officials from the Lewiston Police Department and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place on the morning of Saturday, February 6, 2021 in Lewiston, NY, a town in the Buffalo area. A young woman, sixteen years of age, was sledding at Clyde L. Burmaster Park, also known as Bond Lake Park, with her nephew, 3 years of age. They went down the hill on a sledding tube and the teenager realized partway down that they were going to impact a tree at the bottom of the hill. She put her foot down, flipped the sled, and cradled her nephew so she would shield him with her body as they hit the tree.
Both victims were taken to John R. Oishei Hospital in Buffalo for treatment; the young woman was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital while the young boy was treated and released.
The crash remains under an active investigation by the Lewiston Police Department and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and the hill where the accident took place is closed to sledding until further notice.
A GoFundMe for the funeral expenses of the teenager has been arranged.