UPDATED: Police release name of mother killed in Pittsylvania County wreck

3 children hurt

An 8-year-old child who was in the car had to be airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

June 13, 2012|Melissa Gaona/David Seidel
  • Photos from the scene in Pittsylvania County where a woman was killed in an accident Wednesday morning. Her three young children were in the car and were injured.
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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. — A mother is dead after her car flipped over in Pittsylvania County on Wednesday morning.

The wreck happened just west of Chatham on Green Pond Road at the intersection of Red Oak Road.

This accident is the kind that leaves you heartbroken.

Three children lost their mother, 31-year-old Leigh Ann Horvath of Chatham. And imagine what neighbors who witnessed it all, are experiencing.

WDBJ7's Melissa Gaona spoke with one of the people  who pulled the children from the wrecked car.

"They were screaming and banging on the glass, "get me out, I can't get out," said Tina Tompkins, who witnessed the accident.

It happened right outside Tina Tompkins' front door.

The car crashed,  with three children hurt and trapped inside; their mother dead.
 "She told me that she needed a band-aid, she was bleeding, I told her we'd get her cleaned up, she turned around and said, "Oh my God, my mom's dead," Tompkins said.

As the body of their lifeless mother lay nearby, two of the children were driven to Danville Hospital and the third was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Officers say all three children were buckled up, but their mother was not.

She died instantly.

"When it did go off the road to the right, it never was able to come back onto the paved surface of the roadway, it went down into the ditch, struck a culvert pipe and then vaulted over the driveway and turned over onto its top," Virginia State Police Sgt. M.C. Davis said.

The car crumbled a brick wall in Tompkins' driveway.

Investigators say speed was a factor, and it's something Tompkins sees everyday.

"I see 65, 70, I've seen cars actually look like they're drifting coming in curves here in front of my house," Tompkins said.

The speed limit on Green Pond Road is 55.

It's a two lane road, and it's full of curves.

"In the last two months, we've watched two people die in front of us in a vehicle accident, I've even considered moving." Tompkins said. "To know the children made it out safe is reassuring but to know they've lost their mother it's heartbreaking."



Virginia State Police have released the name of the mother killed in a wreck Wednesday morning in Pittsylvania County.

She has been identified as 31-year-old Leigh Ann Horvath of Chatham. Horvath's three children were also in the car. An 8-year-old boy was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, and a 7-year-old and 3-year-old were taken to Danville Regional Medical Center.

Investigators say Horvath was driving north on Route 750 when her Ford Mustang ran off the right side of the road, hit an culvert, and flipped.

Police say Horvath was not wearing a seat belt.

Here is the news release from Virginia State Police:

The Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into the early morning crash that killed a Chatham woman. The crash occurred around 8 am this morning on Route 750 at Route 1057 in Pittsylvania County. A 2000 Ford Mustang operated by Leigh Ann Horvath, age 31, of Chatham, Virginia was traveling northbound on Route 750 when her vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway striking a culvert before it overturned.

Horvath was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash but was pronounced dead at the scene. Three passengers in the mustang ages 8, 7, and 3 years of age were also injured and transported to different area hospitals. The 8 year old male was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital and the other two children were transported to Danville Regional Medical Center by ambulance.


State troopers say a mother was killed and her three young children were hurt when their car flipped over Wednesday morning. 

The crash happened around 8 a.m. on Green Pond Road near the intersection with Red Oak Road.

Troopers say the mother ran off the road and hit two brick walls before the Ford Mustang flipped.  The mother, who's name has not been released, was not wearing a seat belt and died in the crash.  The children, who range in age from 3 to 7, were all wearing seat belts or were in safety seats.  Two were taken to Danville Regional Medical Center by ambulance.  One was flown to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Investigators say speed was a factor in the crash.  Neighbors say the road is notorious for crashes.  In fact, state troopers say there was a fatal crash within the last few weeks.  That wreck happened about 50 feet away from the location of Wednesday morning's crash.


One person was killed and at least one other seriously hurt in a crash in Pittsylvania County.

The crash is on Green Pond Road in the Rondo area of the county.  A WDBJ7 crew at the scene is being kept back from the wreck until a medical helicopter takes off.

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