By Mary Bubala

POTOMAC, Md. (WJZ) — A 7-year-old Montgomery County girl is fighting for her life after her mom accidentally ran her over with the family SUV.

Mary Bubala reports the mom says she was just making a quick trip to the grocery store and her daughter must have tried to come with her.

The Montgomery County Collision Reconstruction Unit often responds to roadways, not driveways. But a very serious crash had investigators going door-to-door in an upscale Potomac neighborhood asking residents what they may have heard or seen along the stretch of concrete.

“It’s shocking, totally shocking,” said a neighbor.

Police say the mother was backing out of her driveway in a Mercedes SUV when she hit her 7-year-old daughter at about 9:15 p.m. Sunday. The 41-year-old told police she didn’t hear nor feel a thing.

“The mother must be devastated,” said Mona Bhatia, neighbor.

Bhatia says the mother banged on her door once she realized what had happened, asking for help.

A family member and the girl’s 16-year-old sister visited the house Monday afternoon. The two talked with police, went inside and then left.

“Your life just changes. Everything is great and then something like this totally unexpected happens, turns your life upside down,” said Glenda Cohen, Potomac resident.

Police say the Mercedes was equipped with a rear view camera, but say the mother may have recently disabled it for a state driver’s test.

“She has to live with this memory for the rest of her life,” Bhatia said.

Police impounded the mom’s SUV as part of the investigation. The 7-year-old daughter remains hospitalized in critical condition. No charges have been filed.

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