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Teen hit on Maple Road in Amherst dies

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Photo from Erin Suszynski Twitter page

One of two teenagers hit by an SUV while trying to cross Maple Road in Amherst earlier this month has died. 

13-year-old Erin Suszynski died at Women and Children's Hospital Wednesday morning where she was being treated for her injuries. 

Susznyski and 13-year-old Brianna Francois were both struck when they attempted to cross on the evening of June 9. 

An investigating into the accident continues. The driver of the SUV has not been charged. 

Francois was released from ECMC Saturday. 

The family of Suszynski released a statement expressing their deep thanks and appreciation for all the prayers and warm wishes they received.  They also thanked the doctors, nurses and staff at Children's.  Suszynski was
 an eighth-grader at Mill Middle School in Williamsville.

The following statement is posted on Mill Middle's Website:

June 20, 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Erin Suszynski, an eighth grader in our school. Erin died from injuries suffered in the accident which occurred on Saturday, June 9th. Our hearts go out to Erin's grieving family and friends.

Although today was our last official student day, our mental health staff will be available for students during the school day who may need support.Please contact the guidance office at 626-8310 should your child need assistance.

Children may have varied reactions to the death of a classmate. Your son or daughter may feel sad, scared, or confused about what happened. I encourage you to discuss their reactions and feelings regarding Erin's death.

On behalf of the Mill Middle faculty and staff, we thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time. If you have any concerns or need assistance, please contact me at 626-8300. We know that you join us in expressing our sympathy to Erin's family.


Michael Calandra