Witnesses tried to dissuade Leith from attempting to retrieve her things from her overturned car

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November 30, 2015 02:25 PM

A young mother who walked away from a disastrous crash died while trying to get her belongings from the wrecked car.

Brittany Leith, 25, was killed Sunday in Long Island, New York, when she was struck by a car on the Southern State Parkway.

Tragically, Brittany, a single mother, had survived a car accident moments earlier. She had crossed three lanes of traffic to safety and was returning to her car to collect her things when she was fatally struck by a passing car.

At around 4 a.m. on Sunday, Brittany’s car struck the center median and flipped over. Aided by a few other motorists who’d pulled over to help, she managed to make it to the right shoulder of the roadway. Once there, she told them she needed to retrieve some of her property from car.

Witnesses say they begged her not to go, but she was adamant. While crossing the highway a second time, she was hit and killed by a passing vehicle. (The stretch of highway proved unsafe to more than one person: A state police car arriving at the scene was struck by another driver.)

“She has a 3-year-old daughter who doesn’t have a mother anymore,” Leith’s 75-year-old grandmother Anna told the New York Post.

“She was the best mother in the world. She loved Zoey more than anything,” Anna added.

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