A second teenager has died from injuries suffered in a car crash last Wednesday when the vehicle struck a tree on Kensington Avenue, relatives and friends said.
Aniyah Lewis, 14, was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon at Erie County Medical Center.
She was the granddaughter of education activist Samuel L. Radford III.
"We are going to work to make sure her death is not in vain and double our efforts to reach young people and ensure their safety and a bright future," said Radford, president of the District Parent Coordinating Council in Buffalo. "We can't go back and change the past. Aniyah is gone, and we can learn from it."
Radford referred to the high rate of speed police say the car was traveling when the teenage driver lost control of the vehicle.
Zaire Abernathy, 17, the driver, was killed in the crash, authorities said. He hit a tree just before 12:30 a.m. on Kensington, near Castle Place and just west of Grider Street.
Two other 14-year-old girls were also injured in the crash. One remains in critical condition and the other in stable condition at ECMC, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.
Aniyah was a freshman at Math, Science and Technology Preparatory School.
"Aniyah is in a better place and I’m going to make sure our family stays strong through this, but we shouldn't be burying our young people," Radford said.
In a Facebook tribute, Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant, D-Buffalo, offered this post:
She and the Rev. James A. Lewis III, a chaplain at ECMC and senior pastor at Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church, are in the process of organizing an online GoFundMe page to raise money to assist the family in paying for funeral expenses.
The Brian K. Lewis Funeral Home, 2528 Bailey Ave., is handling arrangements. Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday in True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 East Ferry St.