A hero mother died throwing herself in front of a runaway car to save her two-year-old son and husband.
The tragic Anastasia Lyakhanova, 26, took her family for a walk to take their son to kindergarten in the Nizhny Novgorod region of Russia.
Their only route was down a busy road where a 67-year-old man lost control of his Hyundai car, which overtook in heavy snow, and was heading towards the family.
Eyewitnesses say Anastasia saw the oncoming vehicle and dived in front of her husband Dmitry and their child to harness the full force of the impact.
Dmitry was seen crying over Anastasia’s body after she died on the scene. The driver could be sentenced to five years in prison if convicted.
“She took the brunt of the blow and covered her husband and child with her body,” reported Komsomolskaya Pravda Newspaper.
She died on the spot after her selfless act, reports reported following last Friday’s tragedy.
Her husband and son were reported “safe” after the crash near the border of Balakhninsky and Sormovsky districts.
They were not seriously wounded after cushioning the blow of the sling truck.
Witnesses saw the husband “crying over her body” at the scene.
The footage posted online shows a man hovering over Anastasia’s body when passers-by stopped to help.
Regional traffic police say the collision occurred near the village of Bolshoye Kozino last Friday morning.
The driver of the Hyundai passed and did not see the family walking along the tree-lined road towards the village of Dubravny.
Police say the nameless driver will be charged with negligence that resulted in death.
The driver from Bolshoye Kozino faces a prison sentence of up to five years if convicted.
A criminal investigation is ongoing.
Official figures show an alarming number of accidents in the region east of Moscow.
According to Komsomolskaya Pravda, crashes with fatalities or serious injuries appear in traffic police reports almost every day.