Jul 6, 2012 10:38 AM

Phoenix crash: Pregnant woman dies, baby in critical condition

PHOENIX (KPNX) - A pregnant woman died overnight and her newborn baby was in critical condition after a suspected impaired driver ran a red light at a Phoenix intersection and caused a rollover.

A 21-year-old man was driving a 1997 Volvo south on 35th Avenue when he turned in front of a city bus and then drove west on Dunlap Avenue.

The man turned back onto 39th Avenue and was driving south when he ran a red light on Northern Avenue and struck a 2001 Suzuki. The collision caused the Suzuki to roll over, according to Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a spokesman for the Phoenix Police Department.

A 43-year-old woman in the Suzuki was driving her 24-year-old daughter, who was nine months pregnant, and her daughter's two sons, who are 7 and 2. All four were taken to a nearby hospital, according to Thompson.

The pregnant woman later died from her injuries. Her newborn son was successfully delivered but was in critical condition, according to Thompson. The pregnant woman's mother and the two children do not have life-threatening injuries, police said.

The 21-year-old man was also taken to a hospital, where he was treated for non life-threatening injuries, according to Thompson.

A separate collision occurred at the intersection while police were investigating the first collision.
A 45-year-old man drove past traffic barricades into the scene, narrowly missing officers as they directed traffic and investigators, police said. The man then crashed his car into two of the investigators' vehicles, totaling one of them, according to Thompson.

The 45-year-old man was also believed to be impaired and was hospitalized with injuries that are not life threatening, according to Thompson.


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