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NEWBORN, MOTHER DIE OF INJURIES BABY WAS BORN AFTER ACCIDENT

A woman was injured fatally and her premature baby boy, delivered a short time after his mother was struck by a car, died Sunday in Millard Fillmore Hospital. Another woman was injured.

Barbara J. Russo, 34, died in the Hospital. Eight months pregnant, she gave birth to the boy soon after arriving at the hospital, but the baby died at 1:18 a.m. Sunday.

Mrs. Russo was with two friends in the 800 block of Elmwood Avenue, waiting for traffic to pass, when she and another woman were struck by a car driven by Joanne Taivi, 40, of West Ferry Street at 11:25 p.m. Saturday, the officers said.

The third woman pedestrian was not hit, said officers Paul Sullivan and Daniel Sullivan of the Accident Investigation Unit.

Carol Palczewski, 42, of Hillsboro Drive, Orchard Park, was treated in Millard Fillmore Hospital and transferred to the Erie County Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition with a fractured leg and pelvis.

Ms. Taivi was not charged. Police said all three women were wearing dark clothing and had a black umbrella overhead to protect them against a light rain.

The three were in a party of seven women who had gone out for a late supper to a restaurant on Elmwood, officers said.

The other four women had left the restaurant before the three started for their car parked in a lot across the street, they said.

Ms. Taivi and her passenger, James Brady, 14, of 18th Street, told the officers they did not see the women until the car was almost at them.

Ms. Taivi said her car slid on the wet pavement, police said.

Mrs. Russo, who suffered a fractured skull and pelvis, was the wife of John Russo, executive vice president of the Sorrento Cheese Co. He was in Scottsdale, Ariz., on a business trip, Sullivan said.

Mrs. Palczewski is the wife of Roger Palczewski, also a Sorrento executive who was traveling with Russo in Arizona, Sullivan said.

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