Unborn Baby Survives After Pregnant Mother Killed In Hit-And-Run

| by Sean Kelly
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An unborn baby miraculously survived after his pregnant mother was killed in a hit-and-run in Chicago, police said.

Karla Leanos, 26, was crossing a street at about 10 p.m. on Dec. 24 when she was struck by an SUV, Fox 32 reports. The mother-of-three was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead 25 minutes later.

“[I saw] the car going about 70 miles an hour, hit the lady, and she was basically tumbling on the top of the car all the way from over here to that pole over there,” resident Raymond Sykes, who rushed to Leanos’ aid after witnessing the collision, told Fox 32.

Leanos, who was 7 months pregnant, was reportedly thrown nearly 70 yards by the impact. 

The young woman’s baby boy was delivered in the ambulance as his mother was rushed to Mount Sinai Medical Center. As of the morning of Dec. 25, the boy’s condition had stabilized.

Locals said they weren’t surprised by what happened considering the speeds people drive.

“I know that the cars go really fast through here,” resident Frank Torres said. "They're going -- [the speed limit is] about 35 [mph] here, [and] they go like 60, sometimes 65."

Following Leanos’ death, 22-year-old Silvestre Garcia was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated DUI causing death and one count of leaving the scene of an accident causing death. Both charges are felonies.

Garcia also faces two misdemeanor charges of DUI and a citation for a defective windshield as well as transportation or possession of an alcoholic liquor in a motor vehicle.

The police Major Accidents Investigation Unit is reportedly investigating the incident.

Sources: Fox 32, NBC Chicago / Photo credit: Facebook via Daily Mail, Police photo via Fox 32