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Girl struck by car in Amherst dies of injuries; 13-year-old was crossing Maple with two friends

One of two 13-year-old girls who were struck by a car earlier this month in Amherst died of her injuries Wednesday morning in Women & Children's Hospital, her family said.

Erin Suszynski, an eighth-grader at Mill Middle School in Amherst, had been in critical condition since she was hit.

Her family said in a statement that Erin "passed away quietly this morning with her family at her side."

They also wrote: "The family of Erin Suszynski wishes to express their deep thanks and appreciation for all of the prayers, warm wishes and the abundance of cards received. They also send warm thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of Women & Children's Hospital."

They asked for continued prayers and privacy during this difficult time.

Erin's friend Briana Francois also was injured as they and a third girl tried to cross Maple Road near Millard Fillmore Hospital at about 7:25 p.m. June 9.

The girls had stopped at a center median, then attempted to cross the eastbound lanes of Maple when Erin and Briana were struck by a Jeep driven by Maria E. Hoelzl, 50, of the Town of Tonawanda.

No charges have been filed against the driver. An investigation is being conducted by Amherst Senior Accident Investigator Kelly Seier.

Briana had been hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center but was released Saturday.

Police did not release the name of the third girl, who was not hurt.

The news of Erin's death came on the last day of classes at Mill Middle School. The principal urged parents to talk to their children about her passing. Counselors were made available to students and staff.

email: mbecker@buffnews.com