Tyler mom hit by car while trying to protect 3-year-old daughter
Three-year-old Mia suffered minor injuries when her mom saved her from being hit by a car (Source: Isha Chelette)
Vanessa Zamora and her children (Source: Vanessa Zamora's facebook)
S. Englewood Avenue where the accident happened (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
A mother is recovering at home tonight after being hit by a car while trying to protect her three-year-old daughter.
The accident happened around 8 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of South Englewood Avenue in Tyler. Vanessa Zamora agrees with witnesses and says there's no way the driver could have seen her daughter, Mia, in the street.
A group of kids were playing outside a body shop on Englewood after a quinceanera dance practice. Isha Chelette and other parents were across the street. Chelette saw three-year-old Mia in front of a parked car and then saw a car coming down the hill.
"We were like no Mia," Chelette said. "I think that scared Mia and so she was coming across and her mom ran out."
Vanessa Zamora ran out to stop her child from running into the street. The mother of four was not able to reach her youngest child in time.
"She got hit but Mia didn't get hit by the car," Chelette said. "Mia actually ran into the car and it just rolled over her foot. It didn't actually run her over; she ran into the car."
Mia broke her foot in two places, and her mom is recovering from minor injuries after being released from the hospital Tuesday morning. Chelette says the man driving southbound probably didn't see Mia.
"When she came out, she was right here," Chellete said. "She's a little three-year-old so we saw her. There's no way he could've seen her."
Tyler police say the driver, Connally Jones, will not be cited.
"I would say he was going about 30-35; the speed limit," Chelette said.
Witnesses say the driver probably didn't expect Zamora to run out into the street.
"He kept saying I'm so sorry and I didn't see her," Chelette said. "He was like distraught; I could tell. I know he didn't mean to do it."
Chelette says Zamora's oldest daughter is having her quinceanera on Saturday and she's hoping to be fully recovered by then.
Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:41:34 GMT
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