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Mayor Brown awards Buffalo middle school student for viral hit-and-run note

Posted at 11:43 AM, Dec 21, 2018

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown awarded a Buffalo middle school student Friday morning for the note she left on a Canisius College student's car that was hit by her bus.

Ziarra Griffin, a sixth grader at Houghton Academy - Buffalo PS 69 - was presented the Civilian Award of Merit by Mayor Byron Brown for the note she left for Canisius College student Andrew Sipowicz, alerting him that her bus driver hit his car and left the scene.

The note reads:

"If you wondering what happen to your car.

Bus: 449 hit your car It stops here everyday to drop me off.

At 5:00pm.

What happened? She was trying to pull off and hit the car. She hit and run. She tried to tear over and squeeze threw but couldn’t. She actually squeezed threw. She made a dent and I saw what happened.


-Driver seat left door

-A lady in the bus driver seat 499.

-Buffalo Public School bus

-A 6th grader at Houghten Academy"

She also included a drawing of the bus that hit the car.

Sipowicz said Griffin saved him thousands of dollars.

First Student said the driver was in the process of being terminated and they planned on covering the full cost of the repair and a loaner for Sipowicz.