A 24-year-old Town of Brant woman has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving stemming from a crash Tuesday morning on the Cattaraugus Seneca Reservation in Brant that took the life of a 7-month-old Hamburg girl.
Danielle Kellogg was charged after she was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released following the fatal crash of her 2003 Ford Explorer and a 1997 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Denise Hine, 31, of Hamburg, with her daughter, Baylee Marie Dion, in an infant carrier in the back seat.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard told The Buffalo News the fatal crash occurred at about 9:05 a.m. on Southwestern Boulevard after Kellogg’s SUV crossed the center line and went into the eastbound lane, smashing into Hine’s vehicle.
The impact split the Grand Am in two and threw the rear of the sedan about 30 feet from the front of the car.
Hine was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight and was listed in serious condition Tuesday evening.
Howard said Baylee was rushed by a Cattaraugus Indian Reservation Fire Company ambulance to Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving, where she was pronounced dead.
The sheriff said the crash remains under investigation and additional charges are likely to be lodged against Kellogg.
Investigators said Hine made an unsuccessful attempt to avoid the collision.
Kellogg was ordered held on either $20,000 cash bail or a $200,000 bail bond following her arraignment Tuesday evening before Brant Town Justice Peter F. Gugino.
A felony hearing is scheduled Friday.
Late Tuesday, the family released a brief statement about the infant on behalf of her parents, Scott Dion and Denise Hine:
“She was the best baby on the face of the earth. She was perfect in every way. We are devastated and can’t imagine what life will be like without our Baylee.”