http://www.wavy.com/dpp/news/local_news/hampton-woman-dies-in-boating-accident A 35-year-old mother died after her 7-year-old son accidentally crashed their powerboat into a pier on the Hampton River Sunday evening, according to police. Virginia Marine Police Spokesman Don Bull said an adult allowed the child to briefly steer the boat as the family was returning home from a day on the water. The child veered the boat into and underneath the pier at about 6:15 p.m. His mother, Elizabeth J. Elliott of Hampton, was sitting on the bow of the boat and took the brunt of the impact, sending her crashing through the boat's glass windshield and into the back of the boat, according to John Bull, Director of Public Relations for the Marine Resources Commission of Virginia. Why would someone allow a 7-year old steer a boat. Poor judgment for whoever did. Now this 7-year old is going to have to live with the fact that he was responsible (in actuality the adult was responsible) for his mother's death. Please pray for this child.