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DEATH IN HOYT LAKE RULED ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

A Buffalo woman who was found dead inside her car in Hoyt Lake was the victim of an accidental drowning, homicide detectives said Sunday.

The body of Shanika Staley, 21, was found inside her car, which was spotted in the Delaware Park lake by a jogger Christmas morning.

Authorities have speculated that Staley may have fallen asleep while driving on the Scajaquada Expressway. The car traveled approximately 200 feet along a grass shoulder and went down a steep slope into the lake, breaking through approximately 4 inches of ice.

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