A Peach County mother died Wednesday evening after she was critically hurt in an accident at Kay Elementary School.
Gloria Hernandez was pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Central Georgia at 5 p.m., said Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.
Hernandez and her daughter, Jacqueline Hernandez, both of Fort Valley, were taken by ambulance to the Medical Center after the 8:05 a.m. accident.
The driver of the car the pair were riding in apparently backed up and an open car door knocked both of them down, said Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese.
The mother apparently hit her head in the parking lot in front of the school, Deese said.
Sgt. Mark Holloway, a Georgia State Patrol trooper investigating the accident, said there were conflicting reports about what happened, but there appears to be no doubt that the incident was accidental.
Fort Valley resident Jose Luis Remirez, 29, told authorities he was in the passenger seat and that Gloria Hernandez had just gotten out of the driver’s seat when he realized she had not put the car in park, Holloway said.
Remirez told authorities he jumped into the driver’s seat and accidentally hit the accelerator instead of the foot brake while telling his son, who was also in the 2006 Chrysler Sebring, to sit down, Holloway said.
However, a witness to the accident said Remirez was driving, had parked the wrong way and suddenly had backed up when another vehicle was approaching to avoid being hit, Holloway said.