RIVERDALE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) -- WUSA9's Scott Broom talked to the family of a mother who was killed by a car on Monday afternoon in Riverdale. Her three-year-old daughter suffered serious injuries in the collision and is listed in critical condition.
Police say 31-year-old Thelma Fernandez Flores of Quintana Street in Riverdale was struck in the 5800 block of Riverdale Road around 4:20 p.m. on Monday. When officers arrived, they found Fernandez Flores in the roadway with critical injuries. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Her child was rushed to a hospital.
The preliminary investigation reveals Fernandez Flores and her daughter were struck as they crossed Riverdale Road, police said. They were walking in a crosswalk at the time. The driver remained on the scene. He was not hurt.
Family members told Scott Broom that Flores had gone to the store with her daughter to buy a jar of mayonnaise. She was walking home from the store when she was struck.
Her family believes she may have been trying to protect her daughter from being killed when the pair were hit.
The child was due to start pre-school Tuesday. She is in critical condition but the family is hopeful for recovery.
Her family says Fernandez Flores was an immigrant from Mexico and also has 14-year-old daughter. She is a former clerk at Builder's Supply in Hyattsville.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at (301) 731-4422. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text "PGPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com.