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Woman who escaped car crash killed while trying to retrieve purse

By Mason White 11:18 AM December 1, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A woman who survived a car crash, was killed while trying to get her purse from her vehicle, police in New York said.

25-year-old Brittany Leith, who was a single mother of a 3-year-old girl named Zoey, was not hurt when her Nissan hit the center median and flipped onto its roof in Long Island.

Other drivers came to her aid and helped her get out through a broken window. However, after climbing out of the wreckage unharmed and being escorted to safety, Leith decided to return to her car to pick up her belongings.

The good Samaritans who helped Leith get out of the car at 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, begged her not to cross the Southern State Parkway alone as it was dark.

However, she insisted on going back to get her purse. As she walked back, she was struck and instantly killed by a passing car.

Leith worked in a salon in North Babylon, and was trying to obtain a business license.

According to State Police Senior Investigator Thomas Hughes, Leith was adamant that she had to collect her belongings despite warnings from other motorists.

While officers were investigating the incident, a passing motorist struck a police cruiser from behind. The officer was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.