SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — A Spartanburg woman was killed in front of her small children while trying to push a vehicle out of the road.
Police responded to a report of a person pinned under a vehicle around 1 a.m. Monday on E. Pearl Street near the intersection of Dewey Avenue.
A police report says the victim’s daughters witnessed the accident.
One child told police the SUV broke down in the road. As her mother tried pushing the SUV out of the road, the vehicle rolled over her, pinning her beneath.
A daughter used her mother’s phone to call for help.
Emergency responders removed the vehicle but the victim was unresponsive, according to the report.
The victim is identified as Leisa Bonique Johnson, 29, of Arch Street in Spartanburg.
Family members of Leisa “Bunni” Johnson still can’t believe she’s gone.
“It’s just one of those things…an accident,” said her uncle Brian Johnson. “I hate it.”
Johnson’s aunt and uncle say she was driving to the emergency room when she ran out of gas near the hospital.
Her aunt said Johnson had problems with blood pressure and blood sugar.
Her daughters, ages five and three, were with her.
“Very good mama,” said Johnson’s aunt Sheila Rookard. “Everything revolves around them kids.”
One of Johnson’s daughters used her cell phone during the incident to call a cousin for help who then reached out to 911, according to family members.
“They managed to get out the car three times to see their mama up under their car,” said Rookard.
“It’s going to be a struggle, you know, from the beginning, especially with them kids seeing that with (their) mom and stuff,” Rookard said. “Y’all just pray for us.”
Johnson’s relatives remember her as a generous person with a big heart. Her aunt said she loved her work at a retirement home and was devoted to her three young children.
“Bunni had a sweet heart,” Rookard said. “I mean she would help anybody. Even if she didn’t have that much herself, she would help you.”
Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Johnson died at the scene.
“At this point, we do not have information other than this is a tragic accident… Please keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers during their time of loss and grief,” Clevenger said.
An examination will be done to corroborate information given to investigators.