Rebecca Bozzay, 27, of Crown Avenue, Cudworth, was driving home on nearby Darfield Road when a reported speeding vehicle collided with a traffic bollard and hit the side of her car, causing it to be written off.
The mum-of-two was in the car with her children Izsak, five months, and Riley, six, when the accident occurred and has said her mind immediately went to her children’s safety.
“I was in complete shock and I wasn’t completely sure what had happened,” Rebecca told the Chronicle.
“I went into protective mode and rushed straight to help my kids. Our car was ruined and it took a bit of a struggle to get Riley and Izsak out.
“By this point, the driver of the speeding car had left, so I have no clue who drove so irresponsibly.
“It was an incredibly scary time, and my main priority was to make sure my children weren’t injured.
“We went to Barnsley Hospital straight after the accident where we stayed all night. Luckily none of us had any serious injuries.”
Rebecca has praised residents on Darfield Road for their support after the crash by keeping her family safe while waiting for paramedics to arrive.
“I want to thank the residents of Cudworth for all of their support during a really distressing time,” Rebecca said.
“A kind stranger across the road offered us a place to rest, and a woman who lived further down the road was a first aid responder and so helped with any immediate injuries.
“Before we knew it, five or six people came out to help our family calm down and make sure that we were ok.
“I’m incredibly grateful to people for taking the time to come and help us after the crash while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.”
Rebecca is keen to find the driver who left the scene as she is adamant justice needs to be done.
“The police are currently investigating what happened, and I really hope this irresponsible driver is caught.
“It could’ve been so much worse, I’m just relieved my family are okay.”
A spokesperson from South Yorkshire Police said: “We received a call at 6:14pm, July 5, to reports of a road traffic collision involving two vehicles on Darfield Road in Cudworth.
“The caller reported that a black Volkswagen Touareg collided with a black Hyundai i30.
“The occupants of the Volkswagen fled the scene before officers’ arrival. Yorkshire Ambulance Service attended.
“Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 774 of July 5.”