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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  • How awful is this !
    My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. Hope that the husband will receive much help & support from family, friends and community.
    The man who caused this accident might have taken off but I hope he’ll be for ever followed by the result of his actions.


  • Hope this little baby survives and realises he had a wonderful mum.


  • So sad and heartbreaking, I’m glad the unborn Bub was ok but now this lady’s children have no mother cause of someone’s low act and then they take off I hope they get locked up for life seeing as they took a life, I hope the father has lots of support bringing up his beautiful children I wish them all the best.


  • Such a sad story. Poor children left without their mother due to a careless and selfish driver :-( Similar story in Tasmania a couple of weeks ago with selfish, irresponsible criminal teenagers crashing into a car killing a pregnant mother. Her baby was delivered by emergency c-section after she passed away :-(


  • sometimes technology is amazing it can do so much good in the world but can also do so much harm.


  • Such a tragedy, made far worse by the fact that the deceased was pregnant. If the find the driver they should lock him/her up in gaol and throw away the key; also should also be put on hard labour. H/she had better watch his back when other prisoners find out what he/she has done. I have heard that they don’t tolerate such actions.
    I hope the Dad has plenty of family support to help him grieve and care for his children.
    I hope he and his children are offered free counselling for as long as they need it.


  • That is so so sad my heart breaks for that poor lady xo


  • How sad. My thoughts are with the bub and other family members.


  • wow this is so bittersweet! wow i feel so sorry for her little kids! my gosh! very saddening. i can’t believe that person didn’t stop.


  • So very sad, such a young mother taken so suddenly. Hope the best for bubs and his siblings.


  • Horrible! And to just keep driving/leave the scene. Makes me sick and so sorry for the family


  • My goodness what a horrible thing. Hope the baby will bring great joy why they are dealing with a huge loss


  • So tragic for the family, but so lucky the baby survived – so many babies die when mum is hurt in traffic accidents. Thoughts and prayers. xx


  • So very very sad that the mum died. But it does sound like an absolute miracle that her baby survived


  • Poor woman! What a terrible way to die. :-(


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