Reporter: Lauren Compton | Videographer: Jemon Haskins
Campbell Co., VA - An accident in Campbell County has left two families heartbroken and shattered.
Cheryl Staples, 54, and Virginia Lane, 62, died after a collision with a motorcycle Wednesday.
State police have charged the motorcycle driver Edwin Creasey with reckless driving.
Witnesses say these women didn't even have a chance. They say there was no place for them to avoid the motorcycle at the intersection of Leesville and Sunburst Road.
But now their loved ones want people to remember them for the lives they led and not how suddenly they were taken away.
Staples and Lane both worked at Home Instead Senior Care. Staples worked there for four years, and Thursday would've been Lane's first day.
"When she came through the door and applied to be a caregiver with Home Instead our staff said, 'We are so blessed to have an opportunity to bring her into our staff,'" said Betsy Head, franchise owner of Home Instead Senior Care.
Lane's children say she often did without in life so her kids could have more. Their co-workers are taking small comfort in the fact Staples' last day was full of joy.
"She laughed. She sang. She was a happy energetic person all day yesterday. The staff at the end of the day said she had a really great day," said Head.
In fact, ABC 13 cameras captured Staples that same day when we were doing a heat story. That was just hours before the accident.
Police say Staples' SUV hit motorcycle driver Creasey. Creasey was thrown from the motorcycle before it landed on this house.
Staples's car crashed into the tree.
Her husband says she died the way she lived.
"She tried her best to miss him. That's why she ended up hitting that tree. That's how she has been her whole life. She puts everybody first," said Greg Staples.
Now he is only left with memories: The garden they planted together, the dog they called their baby, and what would have been 29 years of marriage come October.
"These were two very, very special women. This should never have happened to them," said Head.
It is important to note both women were wearing seat belts. Residents say accidents like these show why a stop light needs to be put there.