NC family friend killed by pickup truck after pushing child out of harm's way

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Eleven days prior, Lydia Morales Garcia celebrated her 51st birthday. She was also a grandmother who recently battled with and survived COVID-19.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTVD) -- A North Carolina woman was hit and killed by a pickup truck when she pushed a child out of the truck's path Thursday night.

Charlotte investigators said a Chevrolet Silverado was traveling on Oakdale Road when the boy ran across the road, chasing a ball. That's when police said 51-year-old Lydia Morales saw the child, who was a family friend, and pushed him out of the way before she was hit by the truck.

Paramedics immediately transported Garcia to the hospital where she later died.

ABC-affiliate WSOC reports that she had just celebrated her 51st birthday 11 days prior. She was also a grandmother who recently battled and survived COVID-19.

"It's horrible. It's a horrible experience for a family to endure any kind of loss like that, I feel very very sorry for them," Garcia's neighbor Gina Sirhan told WSOC.

The child was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure but is said to be ok.

Detectives said the driver was not impaired and that speed was not a factor in the crash. No charges were filed.