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DRIVER SAYS SHE DIDN'T SEE MOM, BABY IN FATALITY

The driver of a car involved in an accident that killed a 14-month-old boy told police she never saw the infant or his mother until she struck them early Friday, police said.

Jaymon Beathlee was thrown from the arms of his mother, Haneefah Fields, as she walked across the intersection of Grider Street and East Delavan Avenue shortly before 7 a.m. after leaving their home on the 700 block of Delavan.

Ms. Fields, 19, suffered leg injuries and was listed in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center, where her son was pronounced dead.

The driver, Patrice Hennings, 43, of Cornwall Avenue, was taken to Buffalo General Hospital where she was treated and released.

As Ms. Hennings approached the intersection in her 1996 Ford Contour, she said another car pulled into the intersection from a gasoline station and obstructed her view, officers said.

She noticed a "form" in front of her vehicle the instant before she struck the young mother and her child, according to police.

Witnesses told investigators Ms. Hennings' car appeared to be "traveling at a high rate of speed" just before the accident, but no evidence was found to sustain a charge of speeding, though the investigation was continuing, authorities said.

Conditions at the time of the collision were described as "dark, gloomy and wet" from rain, police said.

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