A young mother was killed in a freak accident when she leaned out of a moving vehicle to throw up and accidentally struck her head on a random, unknown object.
Amanda Ezra, 24, is said to have been sitting on someone else’s lap in the passenger seat when she suddenly began feeling sick at 4:40 a.m. As the mom-of-three leaned out of the vehicle, an object outside struck her head. She died not long after.
Authorities believe the accident was a combination of drunk driving and freak circumstances, WSBT reports. According to Tim Spencer of the St. Joseph County's Fatal Alcohol Crash Team, Ezra herself had been drinking before she died.
There were a total of four other people in the vehicle. The driver and another passenger tried to run away following the incident. Both were later caught by police.
Spencer said the driver, a male in his 20s, was arrested for operating while intoxicated (OWI), causing serious bodily injury and leaving the scene of a crime.
Her family said Ezra was trying to get her life back on track and had recently enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College to become a teacher.
"You've got a 24-year-old child, you've raised to be a young adult and has their whole life ahead of them and it's snuffed out because of a decision that was made and because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time," Michelle Lyman, who lives near the crash site, told WSBT. "It's tragic."
"It's just a shame of the amount of people that are getting killed in drunk driving accidents, it's just something that shouldn't be done," said her husband Mike Lyman.
"And now they're gone and now all that's left is broken glass in the grass," Michelle added. "It's awfully sad, it's shocking."