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An unborn baby has miraculously survived a hit-and-run that killed his mother.
Karla Leanos was crossing a street in North Lawndale Chicago at around 10pm when she was hit and killed by a speeding car going an estimated 112km/hour.
According to witnesses, the 26 year old was flung almost 64 metres into pole, while surveillance footage shows the impact of the crash was so forceful that her shoes were dislodged.
According to police the driver did not stop.
Emergency services arrived at the scene but were unable to save Karla, who was seven months pregnant.
According to NBC Chiacago, medical staff acting on information about Karla’s pregnancy, were able to save her unborn son, who was delivered in the ambulance as he was rushed to hospital. The baby is now in a stable condition in hospital, whilst his mother Karla was declared dead at the same hospital at 10.25pm.
A witness at the scene described the horrific moment the young mother was hit by the car:
“I was coming up to the light and her body was rolling. It looked like she’d been hurt real bad,’ Shaniquta Tyus told Fox Chicago. ‘They [the emergency services] came and they was working on her and they put the little baby monitor down there [her stomach].”
Rick Page of Chi City Cycles, whose store is located opposite Ogden Avenue at Keeler where the incident occurred, said he couldn’t believe her child had survived the impact.
‘That is a miracle baby,’ Rick said.
Karla leaves behind four young children, including her newborn son.
A unnamed family friend told the Daily Mail, that she was devastated by the loss of Leanos but said it was a ‘blessing’ her friend’s son had survived.
“I’ve been crying on and off all day to be honest,’ the friend said. ‘I’m heartbroken for her kids, her family. A tragedy that she lost her life and a miracle and a blessing that her baby survived.”
Police have arrested a man suspected of driving in the hit-and-run. Officers say charges are pending.
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