A mother and her two children, ages 8 and 11, were struck by a car while walking across Culebra near Consuelo on Wednesday morning, San Antonio Police said.
The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. as the woman was walking her children to school.
"She actually had the presence of mind (as) she saw the car coming (to push) the two children forward. All three were struck. She took the brunt of the impact," said San Antonio police Sgt. Lloyd Jackel.
Officers think the family was walking in the turn lane and, as the driver shifted lanes to turn left, she didn't know they were there.
There were several streetlights in the area, but police said it was still hard to see before dawn.
"Honestly, this is four or five (instances of pedestrians being struck) that I know of recently, and it's all the pre-dawn hours. 'I didn't see them.' That's the driver's story. 'I didn't see them.' Carry a flashlight. Carry something," Jackel said.
Several neighbors who heard the crash came out to see what happened.
Mark Cmielewski got there as first responders were performing CPR on the mother. She was taken to University Hospital in critical condition. Her two children are expected to be OK.
"(I was) scared, you know, just having a pain in your heart just seeing that actual scene. It could have been me and my two kids crossing the street at the time," Cmielewski said.
The driver stopped to help, and police did not expect her to face charges.
"She did the right thing. Like I said, she's very distraught," Jackel said.