Two children in Texas are mourning the loss of their heroic mother who died saving their lives from an out-of-control, speeding car.
On Monday, Kharisma James, 33, was picking up her two children from Mary N. Tippin Elementary School when a disoriented man speed through the parking lot. According to the El Paso Times, the 58-year-old man, who was picking up his grandchildren, hit the accelerator instead of the brake.
School district police Chief Victor Araiza told reporters at a press conference Tuesday James initially tried to “get the attention of the driver and intervene,” yet when the car showed no signs of slowing down, she shielded three children, two of her own, for the impending collision.
“Basically, what we had occur is a driver that was pulling out of a parking space struck another vehicle,” Araiza told reporters. “When he struck that vehicle, apparently, it seems he became somewhat disoriented, he continued out into the roadway of the parking lot, [and] he struck three children.”
Victoria Bruce, a parent and friend of James, was at the scene of the accident and said she head “metal crash.” Immediately after the terrifying sound, “everybody went running over.”
“You knew that something awful had happened,” she told the El Paso Times.
The injured three children were transported to nearby hospitals. No charges have been filed at this time.
“It sounds like the driver was disoriented and confused,” Araiza said. “We don’t know if the driver was having a medical issue. We just don’t know yet.”
The elementary school has set up a GoFundMe campaign for the family. James was a military veteran and a nurse.