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."