A pregnant woman was tragically killed on Feb. 13 when a privately-owned snow removal vehicle apparently struck her. The fatal accident remarkably left her unborn child unscathed, but the New York resident did not survive. Police say they have questioned the driver, but they have not yet filed formal charges against him.
Police say the accident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. when the 42-year-old driver of a compact tractor retrofitted for snow removal was backing up in a parking lot. The 36-year-old woman was behind the vehicle with her husband when she was struck. The husband was apparently not harmed in the incident.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel, but thankfully, an emergency Caesarian section conducted at a hospital less than 10 minutes after the accident managed to save her unborn child. The child, who was nearly full-term, weighed nearly seven pounds and is reported to be in stable condition. It is unknown whether external factors played a role in this tragic accident, but the police investigation is presumably still underway as of this report.
While the tragedy of this fatal accident was mitigated by the quick work of emergency responders who saved the life of a child, the family is still burdened by guilt. Moreover, the child will still have to grow up without a mother. New York police will continue to investigate the incident, and it is possible criminal charges may yet be filed against the snow plow driver. Regardless, the family will be entitled to file a wrongful death suit against the man in a civil court setting.
Source: CNN, Tractor clearing snow kills pregnant NY woman; baby born by C-section, Haimy Assefa and Ray Sanchez, Feb. 13, 2014