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Teens Struck by Car in Amherst Identified
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AMHERST, NY - Amherst Police have released the names of the two teens hit by a Jeep on Maple Road early Saturday night.

Erin Suszynski and Briana Francois are both 13 and both from Amherst. Briana is in critical condition at ECMC and Erin is in critical condition at Women and Children's Hospital.

Police worked well into Saturday night as they investigated the accident.

According to Amherst Police, three girls crossed the westbound lanes of Maple Road near Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and stopped in the median. Two of the girls then attempted to cross the eastbound lanes when they were struck by a Jeep.

The accident happened around 7:25 p.m. 

The two girls go to Mill Middle School in Williamsville. On Sunday, 2 On Your Side talked to Susan Carpenter of Williamsville about the accident. Carpenter called the accident heartbreaking.

"It just horrifies me to know that somebody's children are fighting for their lives right now. No matter what the circumstances are its an awful thing for any mother to go through," said Carpenter.

The accident was witnessed by an Amherst Police Officer. Lieutenant Patrick Lucey told 2 On Your Side, "He noticed the 3 females cross the westbound lanes going north to south. They stopped in the center lane and then they started to cross the eastbound lane. As they did that 2 of the 3 females were then struck by a vehicle that was traveling east bound."

Julianne Burke lives in the same neighborhood as Susynski, and talked about having to cross the street that doesn't have a crosswalk.

"I guess its easier cause its a neighborhood street right there, but cars are still going fast. So you just have to be careful," said Burke.

No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.

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