BEDFORD CO., Va. (WDBJ7) A car crash Tuesday morning in Bedford County killed a young mother and her two-year-old child. Now, the family and friends of Shayna Alls and her daughter Kyra are grieving.
State Police say Shayna Alls was driving west on Route 24 around 6 a.m.
She ran off the right side of the road and overcorrected, then came back across the center line of the highway, hitting another vehicle head-on.
The other driver is okay, but Alls and her two-year-old daughter died in the crash.
"She was a very happy baby," said family friend Christal Robinson. "She would smile. You would just look at her, you would talk to her and she would just grin."
Robinson is a close friend of Shayna Alls' mother Holly.
She says she will remember Kyra's smile, and Shayna's devotion to her daughter.
"Her whole world was for her baby. Kyra," Robinson told us. "But it's just very hard. It really is."
The crash happened along a twisting two-lane section of Route 24.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says the crash history of the road is no worse than other primary roads in the region, but people who live nearby say it's a dangerous piece of pavement.
Bobby Bonds is recovering from injuries he received during an accident there in August.
"I've gotten hit on this road, turning into my mother's driveway here," Bonds told WDBJ7. "I know a few people that's had accidents on this road, and unfortunately right many deaths on this road and that's the main concern."
VDOT says a long-range planning study conducted in 2010 recommended consideration of an upgrade to Route 24, but so far there is no funding to four-lane the highway.
A woman and her toddler daughter died in a head-on wreck on Route 24 in Bedford County early Tuesday morning.
21-year-old Shayna Darlene Alls, of Moneta, has died. Her 2-year-old daughter also died in the crash. The family has been notified.
Alls was wearing a seat belt, and her daughter was in a child safety seat.
A state police spokesman says the other driver, 59-year-old Roanoker Kevin James Corwin, is shaken up but OK.
State police say Alls was traveling west on Route 24 around 6 a.m. when she ran off the roadway on the right side and overcorrected, causing her to cross the center line and hit Corwin head on. It happened close to Goodview Road in Stewartsville.
Route 24, also known in that area as Stewartsville Road, has re-opened. It was closed in both directions for over three hours.