After a vehicle crash in Kansas in which a woman died who was 39 weeks pregnant, a man has been charged with manslaughter.
On Jan. 10, 21-year-old Raphael E. Sherman ran a red light and crashed into a Chevrolet Silverado truck with two people, 25-year-old Denise Lopez and her husband, reports WDAF. Lopez was pregnant and had had her baby shower the day before, reported WDAF.
That initial crash propelled the vehicles into southbound lanes, which caused the automobiles to hit a Toyota Sienna minivan with five people, according to police in Overland Park, Kansas.
Six of the eight people in the vehicles were taken to hospitals in the area, with injuries ranging from mild to critical. A young passenger in the minivan had extensive damage to her face and needed to undergo surgery.
According to WDAF, witness reports, Lopez, who later died, was thrown from the truck onto the curb.
“She was on the curb on the road, laying by the truck,” recalled a woman who had been working at a nearby Dunkin' Donuts that night. “He was kneeling down by her, trying to make sure she was OK.”
“We saw a car that was completely smashed, and all the carnage that was leftover,” said a man who was working with several co-workers at Walgreens during the accident.
“The car that caused it all had the most damage, but yeah, he walked away scot free,” the Dunkin' Donuts employee continued. “He was barely even hurt.”
Lopez died from her injuries, but her baby was delivered that night, and is reported to be in good condition.
In a news release, Overland Park police stated that a Prairie Village officer had attempted to pull Sherman over before the accident. Sherman reportedly looked as if he was planning to stop, but he then accelerated away from the officer.
After the incident, Sherman was taken to the hospital, released, and taken to Johnson County Jail. His bail is set at $250,000.