A terrible car crash occurred in Caroline County, Virginia (VA) involving a mother, her daughter, and another child. The car they were in ran off the side of Route 301 (Richmond Turnpike) and slammed into a tree. The woman died as a result and the two children were seriously hurt. All three were not wearing their seat belts, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

I want to send my heartfelt sympathies to the friends and family of these accident victims. I’m pulling for the two children and hope they make it through this horrendous incident. As someone who was born and raised in Caroline County, I am truly saddened to hear about this car wreck.

It’s so frustrating to hear about a loss of life that may have been prevented. There’s a chance, if the woman was wearing her seat belt, she could have survived the accident. Sadly, we’ll never know for sure, but we do know that seat belts save 9,500 lives per year, according to car-accidents.com. We also know that 63 percent of people killed in a car crash were not wearing their seat belt.

We don’t know what caused the car to veer off the road. Was the driver distracted in some way? Were they trying to avoid something in the road? Was there a mechanical flaw? The accident report will provide the final details of what exactly happened.