Twenty-four-year-old Karlisha Randolph was killed in an early evening crash when an allegedly impaired driver in a Volvo ran a red light and hit the Suzuki in which she and her children were riding. The Suzuki rolled over upon impact, seriously injuring Randolph, who was nine months pregnant.
Medical professionals at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center were able to successfully deliver Randolph's baby, a boy who is now in critical condition. Randolph herself did not survive her injuries. Her mother, who was reportedly driving the Suzuki and Randolph's 7- and 2-year old boys were taken to the hospital but were not seriously injured. Both boys were safely restrained in car seats at the time of the motor vehicle accident.
The driver of the Volvo, a 21-year-old man, was also taken to the hospital but was not seriously injured either. Officials report that just before the fatal rollover crash, the 21-year-old just missed colliding with a Phoenix public transit bus. There were no injuries reported by riders on the bus.
While emergency crews were responding to the crash, another allegedly impaired driver bypassed traffic barricades and crashed into two police vehicles. The 45-year-old man fortunately did not hit either of the officers who were directing traffic around the earlier fatal crash scene. The driver was taken to the hospital for examination but did not receive life-threatening injuries.
Charges are pending against both allegedly impaired drivers.
Source: CBS5AZ, "Baby delivered after pregnant woman dies in Phoenix crash," Steve Stout, July 5, 2012
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