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Woman who died on Thanksgiving in McKinley Monument crash identified

Woman who died on Thanksgiving in McKinley Monument crash identified

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A minivan passenger died and the driver was in critical condition after the vehicle crashed into the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square, Buffalo police said.

The crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. Thursday.

The passenger, identified Friday as 34-year-old Angel Marie Cobb of Buffalo, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The minivan was heading south on Delaware Avenue at an "extremely high rate of speed" just prior to the crash, Capt. Jeff Rinaldo told reporters Thursday.

On Friday police said the driver was a 40-year-old man who was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.

Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo describes a fatal accident in Niagara Square.

The minivan crashed through two marble bollards before striking the monument, Rinaldo said. The vehicle's engine could be seen on the opposite side of the monument from the point where the minivan hit the monument.

Rinaldo said officers saw the minivan driving south on Delaware at a high rate of speed and then saw a poof of smoke. The officers were at the crash scene within 30 to 45 seconds, he said.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen the black Toyota Sienna minivan prior to the crash, possibly driving erratically, to call or text the department's confidential tip line at 847-2255.

The crash early Thursday was the fourth time the 96-foot-tall monument to President William McKinley has been damaged this year. The site was vandalized several times during protests that downtown over the summer.

News Staff Reporter Keith McShea contributed to this story.

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