Baby Dies After Mother Gives Birth In Car Crash


A car crash in Fresno, California, took the life of a pregnant woman and the baby she gave birth to.

Joanne Delgado, 18, was involved in a car crash on June 4, in which her car collided with another vehicle for unknown reasons, WPVI reports. The force of the impact caused Delgado to give birth prematurely. She was reportedly six to nine months pregnant at the time.

Delgado died at the scene of the crash. The baby was taken to a hospital, where the newborn died the next morning. A 16-year-old boy who was also in the car with Delgado has been hospitalized with major injuries.

The 16-year-old, who conflicting reports have said may have been the father of the child, was initially erroneously reported to be 10 years old, according to KMPH.

The other driver, Adriana Romero, 24, also died at the scene.

A dog that was in the car with Delgado is also reported to have died in the crash.

Investigators say they are looking into whether any drugs or alcohol were involved.

"We did find evidence here on-scene that leads us to believe possibly one of the drivers of the vehicles is impaired," California Highway Patrol's Sgt. Mike Trenholm said, according to the Daily Mail. "We won't be able to determine definitively until an autopsy is performed."

"It's never easy coming to these traffic accidents," said Trenholm. "But to see something like that where a child is born prematurely and potentially sustain fatal injuries as a result of the accident, it's heartbreaking."

The sheriff's office said Delgado was in her third trimester of pregnancy, but did not have an exact figure as to how many weeks she was into her pregnancy. She was given an emergency cesarean section at the scene of the accident, according to KVOA.

Delgado was just about to graduate from Tranquility High School, with the ceremony scheduled for June 8, reports the Fresno Bee. Delgado was a cheerleader and a member of the school's leadership class, according to principal Jim Reed.

"I would just like to apologize to those who were unable to graduate with the class of 2017," said Delgado in her school yearbook quote. "You missed out!"

"She was a wonderful student," said Reed. "She was very well liked by her classmates and teachers."

Romero had just completed a bachelor of science degree in child development at the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. Her name appeared in the commencement program for the graduation ceremony that took place on May 20.

Sources: WPVI, KMPH, KVOA, Fresno Bee, Daily Mail / Photo credit: ePi.Longo/Flickr

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