Pregnant Woman Gives Birth Moments Before Dying From Car Crash Injuries

This is absolutely tragic! A brand-new baby will never know his or her mama, as she died after a car crash sent her into labor at 39 weeks. Twenty-five-year-old Denise Lopez was traveling in Overland Park, Kansas, Sunday night when another vehicle ran a red light and slammed into her car and a minivan carrying five other people.


Doctors were able to deliver her healthy baby at the hospital, but she died soon after. Part of me wonders if she held on to her life just long enough to make sure her child would be okay. A mom's love is a powerful thing indeed, and it wouldn't surprise me if that's what happened.

Police say that an officer was attempting to pull over Raphael Sherman, 21, when he ran a red light and crashed into two other vehicles. According to reports, it looked like Sherman was going to stop, but then he tried to speed away. He's been charged with involuntary manslaughter, along with two counts of reckless aggravated battery.

This should be a time of celebration for the family, not of tragedy. All babies are miracles, but this little one can thank Mom for holding on long enough to give birth. It's devastating that this kid will never be held by Mom, but I hope that her family keeps her memory alive as best as they can.

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It's just so senseless, too. Some jerk decides to run a red light to try to escape a cop, and someone loses her life just as a new one is beginning? It just goes to show how fragile life really is, and how horror and happiness can sometimes be wrapped up together.

Such a sad situation, but the family gives this new little person plenty of love. It can't make up for growing up without a Mom, but a little love can go a long way.


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