The family of an infant killed in a crash Tuesday on the Cattaraugus Territory spoke out about the accident. They told YNN's Katie Cummings how they hope the incident will make people think twice before drinking and driving.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — "She was such a good baby," said Scott Dion, Baylee's father.
The family of seven-month-old Baylee Dion is trying to come to grips with what they call a senseless tragedy.
It was a typical day for Baylee and her mom, Denise Hine, as they traveled on Route 20 in Irving Tuesday until a drunk driver struck the family vehicle.
"We just feel it was a huge blessing that Sierra was just dropped off, the four-year-old was just dropped off like five minutes before she got her gas to go school, because had she not we wouldn't have had Sierra either," said Linda Dion, Baylee's grandmother.
Hine is in stable condition at ECMC and family members say she cries most about not being able to be there for her other children, 10-year-old Ryan and four-year-old Sierra.
After hearing that the alleged drunk driver, Danielle Kellogg, had been arrested for DWI previously, the family would like the laws to change.
"Obviously, she didn't learn her lesson and maybe they should start coming up with the law, if you get your first one, you go right to jail, you don’t get your license back," Scott said.
"If anybody does decide to take to the road after having just one or two, I pray that they don't. But if they do I pray that they get caught. Just call a cab," said Jared Wilson, Denise's brother-in-law.
The Dion family appreciates the help that Baylee and Denise received from Good Samaritans at the scene.
“I thank everybody that was there to help my baby girl to have, keep her breathing for a little bit," Scott said.
An attorney for the Dion Family tells YNN they are exploring legal action against the driver of the vehicle, Danielle Kellogg, and the owner of the vehicle she was driving. A court hearing is scheduled later this week.