Single Mother Killed Saving Kids From Out-Of-Control Driver In School Parking Lot

EL PASO, TEXAS — This type of insanity happens when those who shouldn’t drive get behind the wheel anyway! It’s completely irresponsible, and this mother just paid with her life.

According to KVIA-7, El Paso ISD police identify the 33-year-old mother as Kharisma Aslee James. Approximately at 3:30 p.m., Monday, August 13 — reportedly only the second day of school at Tippin Elementary — a deadly wreck occurred by fault of 58-year-old, “disoriented” driver Roger Hawking.

The mother of two was keen on child protection and threw herself in front of three children at the scene — two of which were hers.

The source says the incident actually occurred before the single mother was by Hawking’s vehicle. KVIA-7 states from Police Chief Victor Araiza that the driver was pulling out of a parking space and “became disoriented,” striking a vehicle — as well as injuring three children who were nearby.

According to the source, James and other witnesses approached the driver concerning the incident. The chief says he, once again, “became disoriented” and — instead of placing the vehicle in “park” — put it in “drive” and accelerated, fatally striking the children’s mother at that point.

The police chief says no charges have been filed, and the incident remains under investigation. [Of course.]

Reportedly, all three children — ages 6, 7, and 10 — suffered serious injuries; however, they’re all expected to survive. According to the source, the 6- and 7-year-olds belonged to James.

During a press conference, Araiza said it was hard to describe what could’ve been done to prevent the wreck from happening. Overall, the police chief says the driver is ultimately responsible for everything, not the school’s administration.

“We know the driver was disoriented and confused. We don’t know if the driver was suffering from a medical condition. We don’t know what happened,” EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera explains.

This situation has rightfully taken its toll on teachers, students, staffs, as well as other parents. According to Cabrera, extra substitutes and counselors were sent to Tippin Elementary to help aide their grief due to the tragedy. He also mentions:

“This is the second day of the school year. It should be one of the most joyous times of the year. We are taking care of our teachers and staff so they can take care of the kids.”

Moreover, EPISD Board President Trent Hatch notes that district leaders held a productive meeting with members of the Tippin community on Tuesday morning — having listened to various parents’ suggestions.

“Our community, teachers and students are very resilient and we will continue to support them in the wake of this unfortunate tragedy,” Hatch told the source.

KVIA-7 says James worked for The Hospitals of Providence. Hospitals of Providence CEO Nicholas Tejeda states as follows regarding the mother.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend, Kharisma James. This is a tragic loss for our family. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Also, El Paso Times reports that the single mother was a military veteran — a former staff sergeant who served two tours in Iraq.

All in all, let us know your thoughts about Kharisma James. Our condolences go out to her family and friends at this time. It was a brave, natural act of valor and child protection she executed. Hopefully, the school and community will continue to remember her selflessness.

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