NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – The mother of two toddlers that were killed in a car accident on August 15 is speaking out about the moments leading up to the crash.
Kylee Johnson, 2, and Kameron Johnson, 3, were inside a sedan that was being driven by the 21-year-old mother, Taidria Anderson when an SUV struck the rear passenger side while on N. Hanley Road and University Place Drive in unincorporated North County around 9 p.m.
“I didn’t see any headlights, I didn’t see anything because I would have stopped. I didn’t see anything and I just wish there was something I could have done differently to save my babies,” said Anderson.
Anderson says she and her children were heading to the MetroLink station to pick up her fiancé. She says she turned left on a yellow light onto University Place Dr. when her car was hit. She admits her 3-year-old son was in the front passenger seat.
“All I heard was like kaboom like bombs had gone off and I just balled up in the seat, and when I opened my eyes, the whole passenger side was gone,” said Anderson. “I saw my son laying there in the passenger seat so I grabbed him but I didn’t see no back seat and the back seat was gone and the car seat was out the window.”
She says she saw her 2-year-old daughter who was in the backseat lying on the pavement getting CPR. She says she held her son in her arms.
“He was breathing and looking at me and I just kept saying, ‘Stay woke Kameron, stay woke don’t go to sleep, are” said Anderson.
Virgil Ashley witnessed the crash and says both of the children were ejected from the vehicle.
“I picked the little girl up off the ground, took her away from the vehicle in case there was a fire or explosion, which there wasn’t none, and I performed CPR on her until responders came and put her in the ambulance,” said Ashley.
Police say both of the children died at the hospital.
Anderson says she has injuries to several parts of her body. She says she is surrounded by family and friends, is healing and remembering good moments with her children.
The 19-year-old driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital. He is being treated for his injuries.
The St. Louis County Police Department Bureau of Crimes Against Persons are investigating the crash.
Hanley was closed while emergency crews responded to the scene.
Correction: Tuesday morning, police said the boy was 13 years old, but later issued a correction and stated he was 3 years old.