The Hancock County coroner has identified the mother who died when a vehicle hit her and her two boys as they were leaving a Christmas program at their elementary school in Kiln.
Laurie K. Jones, 47, died at the scene Tuesday night after leaving East Hancock County Elementary School, Coroner Jim Faulk said.
Jones’ sons, ages 8 and 11, were injured. The 8-year-old was airlifted USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile. The 11-year-old was taken to an area hospital.
Schools Superintendent Alan Dedeaux, who was at the program, directed parents, faculty and students to stay inside the building until her body was removed, Faulk said.
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“It was a big deal, upsetting to many,” he said.
Jones had parked across the road at the Hancock County Arena, officials said.
Jones and her sons were hit while crossing Kiln-DeLisle Road near the school as they walked toward the overflow parking area, Chief Deputy Don Bass said.
They were struck by a westbound vehicle driven by a 76-year-old woman, Bass said.
Ashley Carr of Kiln said she and her son were about to cross the road with a woman and two children when she hesitated because she saw a car approaching.
“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 started screaming for help and called 911.
Faulk said Jones’ sons are recovering.
“They’re alive,” Faulk said. “They’re doing good. That’s the good news.”
Sheriff’s officials have not identified the driver, but said she stopped at the scene.
Investigators said the driver gave a blood sample for a toxicology test, Faulk said. That’s standard procedure for the circumstances.