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Canisius student meets 11-year-old who helped him solve hit-and-run mystery

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Canisius College senior Andrew Sipowicz has a tale to tell that is truly unique -- a heartwarming story about a hit-and-run.

 

He says it all began the day he discovered a dent in his Ford Mustang.

 

"It was bashed in pretty good. And then I saw the note.  I wasn't expecting that at all -- that it came from a 6th grader," Sipowicz said.

 

Obviously, 11-year-old Ziarra Griffin didn't make the dent, but she did make it better with a note she tucked under his windshield.

 

It read "If you're wondering what happened to your car, bus 449 hit your car. It stops here every day to drop me off. She hit and run. Sorry."

 

Ziarra closed with a sketch of the getaway vehicle.

 

As a result of her artistry and honesty, the bus driver was held accountable, and Andrew is getting his car fixed.

 

"I could have acted like it didn't happen, but I chose to do something about it because my mom always said, 'When you see somebody doing the wrong thing, you have to do the right thing," Ziarra said.

 

Her mom, Tocarra, refuses to take all the credit.

 

When asked if she was thinking ""I want to get out of here," Tocarra replied "Yes! I don't want anyone to think it was me."

 

"My daughter taught me how to stay kind, stay compassionate, always knowing the right thing, is always the right thing," she said.

 

Andrew says Ziarra taught him that as well, which is why he just had to meet her.

 

"I couldn't believe you left me that note," Andrew said. "When I first saw my car, I was angry.  And then I saw your note and it changed my entire mood.  Can I give you a hug?"

 

He also said "To know there are people out there with that kind of integrity and honesty, it's something I'm going to remember for the rest of my life."


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