Woman dead, driver critical after smashing into Buffalo monument


A speeding minivan that crashed in downtown Buffalo killed a woman and left the driver in critical condition on Thanksgiving Day, authorities said.

The vehicle was traveling at an “extreme rate of speed” when it plowed into the McKinley Monument in Niagara Square around 7:30 a.m., Buffalo police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo told reporters.

The woman died at the scene, and the driver was in critical condition at ECMC Hospital.

Police have neither identified the woman nor the driver.

Cops have opened a criminal investigation and notified the Erie County District Attorney’s Office to determine the cause of the crash.

No charges have been filed.