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San Antonio mother who tried to spare kids dies from injuries

Sharon Ledesma tried to push kids out of car's path

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A San Antonio mother who tried to save her children from being hit by a car and was struck herself was declared dead Thursday.

Friends and family held a candlelight vigil at the crash site Thursday for Sharon Ledesma, 28.

Ledesma was walking two of her children across the 3900 block of Culebra to the corner of Consuelo when a car hit the trio.

They were on their way to meet Ledesma's mother who would have walked the children the rest of the way to school.

Ledesma pushed her kids forward trying to get them out of harm's way.

"When I heard that, I didn't expect anything less," said Tina Cano, Ledesma's cousin. "Her kids were her world."

"Our mom told us, told all of us, that when it comes to your kids you fight like a lion," said Priscilla Ledesma, the victim's sister.

The accident happened before daylight and the driver told police she didn't see the mother and children. They were not crossing at a crosswalk. The driver will not face charges.

"I just want to let her know don't blame yourself," Priscilla said.

Ledesma's 8-year-old daughter suffered a fractured pelvis and her 11-year-old son has a broken collarbone.

She also leaves behind her 3-year-old son who was not with them at the time of the accident.

On Thursday, Ledesma's family decided to take her off of life support.

However, the family says she will remain on life support overnight so her organs can be donated.

The thought gives comfort to her grieving family. "She wanted to save lives. And as I know, she'll be saving 8 lives," Priscilla said.  

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