Pregnant Coach Dies in Horrifying Bus Crash & Every Mom's Heart Breaks

sun shining through clouds, pregnant coach diesA 30-year-old lacrosse coach who was pregnant with her second child died in a bus crash as her college team was on its way to a game. It's a tragedy that makes every mom feel like weeping.

Kristina Quigley, a coach of Seton Hill University's lacrosse team, was the only passenger of 23 to die when the bus slid off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and slammed into a tree early Saturday morning. The 61-year-old driver was also killed.

The college girls' team was on its way to play a game at Millersville University. Quigley, who was six months pregnant and has a young son, was flown to the hospital but died later of her injuries. And honestly, just writing this story makes my eyes fill with tears and my heart break for this woman with so much ahead of her, for her family, and for her unborn baby -- who never had the chance to live.

Any woman who's been pregnant knows what an amazing, emotional time those nine months are. Even if it's your second baby, as it was in Quigley's case, you still feel some of the same excitement, joy, and nervousness you experienced when you were expecting your first child. Your body goes through tremendous changes, and so do you. You grow -- literally and figuratively -- in ways you could never quite have dreamed of before. Pregnancy really does make you appreciate the miracle of life.

To have that all taken away in an instant is just beyond devastating. I can't even imagine what Quigley's husband, little boy, and other family and friends are going through right now. And for what? A senseless car crash that should never have happened.

There's no word yet on the cause of the accident and whether driver error or weather or something else was to blame. The bus company, Mlaker Charter & Tours, had reportedly been up to date on all safety inspections, including checks on that specific vehicle and driver, but authorities are still investigating.

Does it really matter, though? Quigley and her unborn child are gone. Her family's lives will never be the same. I think one reason this has hit me so hard is that I, too, am pregnant with my second baby and have an older child, a little girl, at home. In that way, I was in her shoes. And a random tragedy like this could happen to any one of us. My heart feels so heavy for Quigley's husband and son and other loved ones right now. There truly are no words.

Do you have any comforting words for this pregnant coach's family? How does news like this affect you?

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bills... billsfan1104

Actually three people died in the crash. The baby died too.

Truel... Truelove77

Yes 3 people died so horrible my prayers are with the families and friends affected by this tragedy so sad...   :(

ltc9958 ltc9958

I have heard from friends at the university that the bus driver may have had a stroke while he was driving. 

Tom Groener

I am not complaing about your story, but must add that Fathers everywhere are also heart-broken. Sincerely, Tom G.

nirva... nirvanachick83

"A senseless car crash that should never have happened and could probably have been avoided."


Do you have some inside information that we do not?  This sounds like it was simply an accident.

sssdnm sssdnm

I feel so bad for her family. It makes me appreciate mine so much more...

Tracey Thurman

my daughter Kari is 6 months pregnant with her 2nd baby, another boy and my son Kyle is expecting his 2nd baby in August another girl i cant imagine the families pain and loss. My heart goes out to your family and my prayers to you.

bekmc bekmc

My best friend was killed in a crash when she was 7 months pregnant. That was nine years ago. There isn't a day that doesn't go by that I don't think of her and my heart doesn't hurt. Praying for all the families. It is a long hard road ahead.

nonmember avatar ms kdevine

being 7 months pregnant myself, it is beyond hurtful to think of anyone having to endure such a horrific tragedy. but then, of all things, to lose an expectant mom, and wife, and mother of an existing child to something of this nature.... its hurtful beyond words. rip to the young coach, and may god be with their family at this time.

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