Baby survives after pregnant mother was killed by hit-and run driver on Christmas eve

baby survives after mum killed

It was all tears after an accident left a pregnant woman dead on Christmas Eve, a hit-and-run driver plowed into the pregnant woman as she crossed a Chicago street.

Karla Y. Leanos, 26, the mother of three and seven months pregnant, was killed in the incident, which happened just before 10pm in the 4200 block of West Ogden Avenue. Emergency responders, however, were able to deliver her baby boy, whose condition reportedly stabilized on Christmas Day and who is expected to survive.

“That is a miracle baby,” Rick Page tells NBC Chicago; surveillance cameras at Page’s nearby bike shop captured the accident. “It was really gruesome,” he tells ABC Chicago, which reports video shows Leanos saw the car coming but couldn’t get out of its path. The impact, Page says, knocked her out of her boots.

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Video shows the driver did have a green light, but police say he was traveling fast and didn’t stop at the scene.

On Sunday, Silvestre Garcia, 22, was charged with two felonies—DUI and leaving the scene of an accident causing death—and two misdemeanor DUI counts, along with being cited for driving with an open alcohol container and having a defective windshield, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“I’m heartbroken for her kids, her family,” a friend of Leanos’ tells NBC. Meanwhile, Garcia’s bond has been set at $750,000.


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