Doctors delivered a newborn boy after a pregnant woman was killed in a Chicago car accident on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old woman died when two vehicles collided and one of the vehicle careened into her and three other pedestrians on the city’s West Side, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The West Cortez Street Woman was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The newborn infant is listed in extremely critical condition, according to the hospital.
A hospital spokeswoman said doctors were able to save the unborn child and believe the pregnancy was six or seven months along.
“The baby suffered injuries (from the crash) in addition to being premature,” a spokesperson told The Tribune. The child’s condition was described as “extremely critical.”
Doctors reported it would be sometime today before they knew whether the infant had a chance to survive.
The car accident happened on Wednesday around 12 pm when a Ford van eastbound on Washington and a Chrysler Town and Country minivan southbound on Kostner, collided, according to police.
The Chicago Sun-Times said four pedestrians were struck during the accident and the driver of the Chrysler van had been cited.
According to the Sun-Times, the 39-year-old van driver was cited for failure to stop at a red light, driving with a suspended or revoked license and no insurance. It was unknown whether he will face further charges in connection with the woman’s death.
In this case, due to the fact that the at fault driver had no insurance, the family of the victims will be able to pursue an uninsured motorist claim against their own auto insurance policy.