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27th Dec 2022

Woman, 22, who died trapped in her car sent heartbreaking final video to her family

Charlie Herbert

Her family believe she was trapped for 18 hours

A 22-year-old woman caught in the middle of the catastrophic winter storm in Buffalo, New York tragically died while waiting in her car.

Anndel Taylor passed away over the weekend after her car was stranded in the snow Friday afternoon while she was driving home from work.

Taylor sent her family a final video from inside her car the day before she was discovered dead on Saturday afternoon.

A cause of death has not yet been given, but her mother it was not the freezing temperatures that killed her daughter but instead carbon monoxide poisoning.

North America has been struck by one of the worst winter storms ever seen, which has so far claimed the lives of 57 people.

In a family group chat, Taylor sent a video to her family group chat in which she said she was stuck in the snow while driving home from work and the precipitation was coming down fast.

The 16 second video showed Taylor rolling down the snow-covered window to display a wintry landscape.

After they received the heartbreaking video, Taylor’s family and friends appealed for help to locate the 22-year-old.

Instead, she was found dead inside her car. In all, her family thinks she was stuck for 18 hours.

Her mother Wanda Brown Steele and sister Shawnequa Brown spoke to WCOS about the horror they have been through.

“She was telling my sister that she was scared,” said Brown.

Taylor called 911 and was waiting for first responders who couldn’t reach her. Steele said her daughter planned to sleep out the storm, then walk home.

Some have theorized Taylor died from hypothermia, but Steele believes her daughter died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“The car was running, and the snow was still coming, so it blocked the pipes, the exhaust pipe,” she said. “Then after the car cut off, that’s when she iced up.”

The tragic chain of events comes between Christmas and Taylor’s upcoming 23rd birthday in January.

“[There’s been] a lot of crying,” Brown said, adding that there were “still presents under the tree” for her sister.

GoFundMe set up for the family to bring Taylor home to Charlotte and pay for funeral expenses has since been inundated with tributes from both those who knew and strangers.

“Anndel was one of my former students. Her light shined strong and my prayers are with her family during this difficult time. Anndel, rest in peace you sweet girl,” one woman wrote.

“I’m so sorry for your loss, heartbroken for your family. Sending love from Buffalo, we’re all neighbors here,’ another said.

“My mom worked alongside her. We lift you up during this time of tragedy,” a third added.

As of Tuesday morning, the fundraiser has brought in just under $8,700 of its $12,000 goal.

The city of Buffalo has been paralysed by the ‘bomb cyclone’ weather event.

At least 28 people have died in western New York State, most of them in Buffalo, as the monster winter storm continues to batter North America.

Storm-related deaths were also reported in Vermont, Ohio, Missouri, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Colorado. South Florida’s temperatures dropped so low, that iguanas froze and fell from trees.