In a tragic case out of Pennsylvania, an expectant mother was his by a vehicle and killed while she was standing outside a drug store. Thankfully, doctors were able to save her unborn baby, who was born alive after the accident.
According to news reports, an elderly driver who may have hit the gas instead of the brake jumped the curb and pinned 30-year-old Jodie Guthrie to the wall of the store’s building. Doctors delivered her nearly full-term baby, who was in critical condition as of Wednesday night.
The victim, 30-year-old Jodie Guthrie, had been sitting outside a Rite Aid on the city’s North Side on Wednesday afternoon when an 88-year-old motorist pulled into a parking space, authorities said.
The driver might have hit the gas instead of the brake, police said, causing his minivan to lurch out of the parking space and onto the walkway where Guthrie sat.
Witnesses tried to get the driver to back up after the accident, but he didn’t seem to understand what happened ? possibly because he couldn’t see Guthrie pinned behind the car, said police Commander RaShall Brackney.
“He appeared to be disoriented at that point in time and confused as to the directions they were giving him,” Brackney said Wednesday.
The motorist was questioned by detectives and released Wednesday night without charges. However, the investigation remains open, Lt. Daniel Herrmann told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Thursday.
The driver’s granddaughter Candy Thompson apologized to Guthrie’s family. Thompson was not with her grandfather during the accident.
“I can’t imagine what her family is going through right now,” Thompson told KDKA-TV. “They are in my thoughts and prayers.”