A mother is dead and two of her kids were injured after they were hit by a car while attempting to cross Kiln-Delisle Road near East Hancock Elementary School, a Hancock County sheriff’s official said.
Chief Deputy Don Bass said the woman and her children, ages 8 and 11, had attended the Christmas program at the elementary school.
The family had apparently parked across the street at the Hancock County Arena and walked over to the school, Bass said. On the way back to the vehicle, they were hit when attempting to cross the street again.
The 8-year-old child was airlifted USA Children’s and Women’s Hopsital in Mobile. The child’s condition was not known Tuesday, Bass said. The 11-year-old child was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.
The arena was used for overflow parking and is directly across the roadway from the school.
Ashley Carr of Kiln took her son to the Christmas program at East Hancock Elementary Tuesday evening.
Like many parents, Carr parked across the street from the school at the Hancock County Arena on Kiln-Delisle Road. Carr said many other people also had to park across from the school to find a spot.
When the program was over, Carr said she and her son were preparing to cross the street back to her vehicle, along with a woman and her two children.
But Carr hesitated when she saw a car traveling fast toward them, she said. The other woman and two children were already in the roadway.
“They were almost all the way across the road when the lady noticed the car was really close and not slowing down,” Carr said. “She grabbed both the kids’ hands and tried to start running but it was too late.”
Carr said she immediately started screaming for help and called 911.
The woman driving the vehicle stopped at the scene, Bass said. Sheriff’s deputies were not asked to be at the school directing traffic before or after the program, Bass said.
Bass said the incident is under investigation.