|Scene of the crash|
A young mother tragically died in a car crash but not before delivering a healthy baby, according to hospital officials.
A tragic car accident in Chandler, Arizona, claimed the life of a young pregnant mother who had delivered her baby before succumbing to her wounds.
The victim, identified as 30-year-old Wei Chu, was eight months pregnant at the time of the fatal crash that took place Wednesday afternoon.
Chu was rushed to a local hospital, where she gave birth to a girl. Soon after, the mother died. A Chandler Police Department spokesperson, Seth Tyler, said the infant remains in extremely critical condition.
The victim was riding in the backseat of a Honda sedan when the car was hit by a truck near the intersection of Gilbert and Ocotillo roads, the local newspaper reported.
Detective Tyler told news reporters that Chu was sitting in the back of the car with her two-year-old boy and a-56-year old woman. A family member was at the wheel.
A Ford F-650 was driving directly north on Gilbert around 12:30 pm when it crashed into the Honda as it turned left onto Gilbert.
According to the police spokesperson, the 30-year-old took the brunt of the impact. The 56-year-old, who was also in the car was taken to hospital with minor injuries, along with a child.
Tyler said excessive speed and impairment do not appear to be factors in the accident. He said the Honda driver will be charged with a misdemeanor, but he is not likely to face jail.
The police spokesperson said the driver was deeply shocked by the tragedy, as was the husband of Chu, who came to the crash site.