Just hours before she was discovered dead in her car, a 22-year-old woman killed in the monster snowstorm that pounded upstate New York sent terrifying video of the blizzard to her family.
Anndel Taylor became one of at least 28 people killed in what Gov. Kathy Hochul has dubbed “the blizzard of the century” after becoming trapped in his car on his way home from work in Buffalo on Friday afternoon.
She shared a series of videos with her sisters in North Carolina, the last of which was just after midnight and showed her rolling down her ice-covered window to reveal a nearby van that was also stuck with its emergency lights on.
“She was telling my sister that she was scared,” Tomeshia Brown, one of Taylor’s sisters, told WSOC-TV.
Her family told the outlet that she was trapped in her car for approximately 18 hours before being discovered on Christmas Eve.
“She called 911 and waited for them,” her mother, Wanda Brown Steele, told the television station.
However, “everyone who tried to get to her got stuck,” Brown added.
“Fire department, police department, everybody got stuck,” she said, wondering why the “state known for snow” didn’t have emergency vehicles capable of operating throughout the monster storm.
During the storm, Brown posted a message saying that the “whole [of] Buffalo” was looking for Taylor, who had only recently returned to Buffalo from Charlotte to help care for her ailing father.
Taylor told her sisters in a group chat that she planned to sleep and then try walking to safety if help hadn’t arrived when she woke up, according to her mother.
The mother urgently notified relatives in Buffalo, where Taylor was born, to “go back out there again,” according to WSOC-TV.
“That’s when they busted open the window and saw she was in there,” the distraught mother explained.
Taylor’s mother believes her daughter died as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.
“Because the car was running and the snow was still falling, it clogged the pipes, the exhaust pipe,” she explained. “Then, after the car cut off, she froze up.”
It happened shortly before Taylor’s 23rd birthday, and while she “still had presents under the tree” for Christmas, according to Brown.
The family is attempting to return Taylor’s body to Charlotte, where they moved when Taylor was two years old. So far, an online fundraiser has been established.
“It’s so easy to ask yourself, ‘Why, God?'” Taylor’s grandmother, Sylvia Taylor, told WSOC-TV. Why?’ But it’s not always intended for us to know the answer.”
Brown described her sister as “the golden child…” in a series of heartfelt tributes posted online. “The funniest, most realistic, and shadiest little sister ever!”