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Heartbreak turns to hope: Child is born after mom dies in wreck

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
December 28th, 2012
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Sometimes, the most wonderful things come following anguishing personal tragedy. A few days after Christmas, an expectant mom in Chandler, Arizona was in a terrible traffic accident. While 30-year-old Wei Chu was to later die from her injuries, she managed to give birth to her baby girl.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Chu was reportedly eight months pregnant at the time of the deadly collision this week.

Rushed to an area hospital, she gave birth to her baby before passing away. Chandler Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler said the newborn remains in extremely critical condition.

According to officials, the victim was riding in the backseat of a Honda sedan when the car she was in was struck by a flatbed truck near the intersection of Gilbert and Ocotillo roads.

Detective Tyler says that Chu was sitting in the rear of the car with her two-year-old child and a 56-year-old woman. A male family member was behind the wheel.
 
A Ford F-650 flatbed straight truck was driving north on Gilbert that early afternoon when it crashed into the Honda as it turned left from southbound Gilbert onto eastbound Octotillo.

According to the police spokesman, Chu took the brunt of the impact. The 56-year-old woman who was also in the car was taken to the hospital with minor injuries along with Chu's older child.
 
Tyler said that excessive speed and impairment did not appear to be factors in the crash, adding that the driver of the Honda will be charged with a misdemeanor, but is not likely to face jail time.

The police spokesperson said the driver was deeply distraught about the tragedy, as was Chu's husband, who arrived at the scene of the crash.

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