Garfield Heights woman and 5-year-old daughter mourned after tragic accident

GARFIELD HEIGHTS- A mother and her five-year-old daughter were struck by a car and killed as they tried to walk across a street in Garfield Heights. Tragically, the woman’s other young daughter, who was with them, witnessed it happen.

Tiffany Montgomery, 33, and her five-year-old daughter, Kionna Hayward were killed around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say they were trying to cross East 131st Street at Rexwood Avenue in Garfield Heights. Tiffany's other daughter, who was with them, survived.

"It was just a sad day and God just blessed that the other young lady, which I believe was seven years old, managed to get out of the way of the car," said Garfield Heights councilman Michael Dudley, Sr, who placed flowers at the scene Sunday morning.

He did not witness the accident, but watched it on surveillance video from a business nearby.

"The vehicle on Rexwood proceeded to make a turn, a left turn to go toward Broadway and he struck both of them and actually completely went over both of them underneath the vehicle," said Dudley.

Wanda Pointer, a clerk at a convenience store across the street, witnessed the accident.

"The man stopped, he got out, he was crying…the man didn't mean to do it, he was upset too," Pointer recalled.

Garfield Heights police say the driver of the car is a 53-year-old Cleveland man. They do not believe drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

"She lived life to the fullest, and she kept a positive attitude…definitely loved her kids, they were her babies, she was a great a person, she didn't deserve that...her or her child," said Montgomery’s coworker, Mary Hayes.

Tiffany worked part time as a dining room server at the Judson Park Retirement Community near University Circle. Her co-worker describes Tiffany as energetic and always smiling.

"A part of me is very hurt that it happened to a person like her, she never hurt nobody, she never was mean to anybody or anything, she never deserved that, or her child," said Hayes.

Garfield Heights police are still investigating. No charges have been filed.

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