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Prosecutors: Driver who struck, killed baby on Moselle was high on pot

A 44-year-old driver who authorities believe was high on marijuana when he struck three people crossing Moselle Street in June was arraigned Friday in the death of 7-month-old Nyree Greene.

D’Andre Turner faces charges of criminally negligent homicide and operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs.

Nyree was in a stroller crossing the street with her mother and another relative when the three were struck, officials said. The infant, who suffered two broken legs, was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Shannon Anderson, Nyree’s mother, and Anderson’s aunt were also struck by the vehicle which was heading southbound on Moselle at about 9:40 p.m. June 19.

Anderson refused treatment. Her aunt, whose full name was not available, was admitted in stable condition.

A neighbor who witnessed the accident said Turner fell out of the Nissan Altima after the accident and said: “I’m not driving anymore.”

Turner, who was questioned by police, was released pending the results of toxicology tests. The vehicle was impounded.

Friends and relatives gathered in memory of Nyree at a vigil held two days later at the scene of the accident in the 300 block of Moselle.

One month later the deteriorating sidewalks on Moselle were replaced. Anderson called the replacement of the unnavigable sidewalks a bittersweet victory in light of her daughter’s death.

The case will head before a grand jury.

City Court Judge Debra Givens set bail at $25,000.

Kelley Omel, chief of the Erie County District Attorney’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau, will prosecute the case.

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