MISSOURI CITY, Texas - A woman died and a child was injured Thursday after they were hit by a SUV in the Sienna Plantation neighborhood near Missouri City, according to deputies.
"My first emotion was, 'Whose kid is this? I hope they're OK,'" Rekha Silas said.
All the neighbors in the Sienna Plantation neighborhood are hoping the same.
"As soon as I saw the car and the ambulance, I just started crying," Silas said.
Investigators said a woman in an SUV was turning left onto Neuces Creek from Sienna Ranch at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
They said she hit Lisa Smith, 37, and her 6-year-old son crossing the street.
"There's an elementary school just to the north of her in Sienna Ranch, and apparently she walks her child to school," Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said.
LifeFlight flew the boy to the hospital, where he is listed in stable condition and expected to survive.
An ambulance took his mother to another hospital in critical condition. She later died.
Nehls said the driver, who had just dropped her grandchildren off at school, stopped and helped.
"She was actually coming back because she takes grandchildren to school, so she uses this road almost every day," Nehls said.
He said they were reconstructing the scene to learn more about the crash. He didn't know how fast the driver was going when she hit the mother and son.
"I was just praying whoever this affected, 'God, please save them.' That's what I prayed," Silas said.
Other neighbors said they had requested a crossing guard at the intersection. Nehls said he hadn't heard of any issues.
Fort Bend ISD said they hadn't received any complaints, but were looking into it.
Residents came by all day on Thursday to leave flowers and balloons at a makeshift memorial near the crash site.
Several residents told Channel 2 News there aren't enough school zone signs or street lights in the area.
“If you try to find anybody at the HOA office to address these situations, they give you the run around and they pass the buck," said resident Daniel Rehem.
In a statement to Channel 2 News, the Sienna Plantation Association said:
"The Association is very saddened to learn of the tragic car accident this morning resulting in the death of a mother and injury to her son. Our thoughts go out to their family and those impacted by this tragedy. Since these streets are public, owned and maintained by Fort Bend County, the request for additional street signs would go to Fort Bend County; and requests for more streetlights involve multiple parties. Requests for an additional street light would go to CenterPoint, City of Missouri City and/or Fort Bend County for approval. In some instances FBC will ask the Association to help facilitate a formal request and when that occurs, we work with our Village Representatives accordingly. I am not aware of anyone asking for additional signs or street lights in the area of the accident."
Community gathers to remember Lisa Smith
On Thursday night, neighbors and people in the community came together to hold a vigil for Smith.
“Everyone's grieving and I thought it was good for us to come out as a community, as a family and pray,” said Donna, who helped organized the vigil.
She didn’t personally know Smith, but said the Sienna Plantation community is more of a family.
“I love what the neighbors have done together to support each other in difficult times, in the best of times and we’re here for this lady’s family,” she said.
Pink balloons and flowers mark where Smith she took her final steps, but families finished the walk for her as they paid their respects.
“Lisa is a mom just like us, we’re moms too. She had a little boy who lost his mother today I have a 2-year-old son. I can’t imagine is life without his mom,” explained a woman named Ash who attended the vigil.
Thursday morning’s crash hits too close to home for her.
“I lost my dad when I was 3-years-old. He died on the road by an unfortunate accident. I was only 3-years-old, and so I know what it’s like. I’m 34 now, and I still miss my dad every day, and so my heart breaks this little boy who lost his mom at such a young age,” explained Ash. “You know, he didn’t get a chance to really know his mom enough. That just breaks my heart.”
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