In a tragic turn of events a New York City pregnant woman was killed by a snow plow on Thursday and her baby was later delivered alive, but is currently in critical condition.
The baby boy was delivered by emergency cesarean section, after his mother was struck with a mini plow in a parking lot during the latest winter storm to slam New York City.
The woman’s roommate revealed she had been nervous about going outdoors.
The dead mother-to-be, identified as Min Lin, 36, was hesitant to go outside while it was heavily snowing, but decided to go to her scheduled obstetrician appointment with her husband, according to the roommate Song Qing Huang as reported by the New York Daily News.
Lin — who was loading groceries into the couple’s car at a Brooklyn shopping center — was struck by a plow clearing the parking lot, after nine-and-a-half inches of snow had already fallen in the area at the time of the accident Thursday morning, police reported.
New York City police says the bobcat snowplow was operated by 42-year-old Wu Wu and was found not to have the vehicle inspected, no headlamp or license plate light.
However, no criminal charges have been filed, as the tragic death appears to be an accident and Wu remained at the scene while police investigators conducted a review of the incident.
Lin was eight months pregnant and a six-pounds, six-ounces baby boy was successfully delivered at Maimonides Medical Center, where doctors performed an emergency Cesarean section, police said.
The 36-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the hospital and her baby was delivered in the emergency room. Her husband was not injured.
The hospital’s spokesperson, Jodi Cross, said the baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit and remained in critical by stable condition as of Friday evening.
According to Huang, Lin and her husband have another child:
“They are a very happy family,” Huang told the New York Times in her native Mandarin. “The son is so smart, the husband works so hard and he’s always so busy.”
Huang and Lin’s husbands both worked for Chinese restaurants in New Jersey and commute back to New York City about once a week, the woman says.
The city was digging out from about a foot of snow from this latest winter storm and expects more snow on Saturday.
This is not the first time a plow kills a pedestrian in New York City. Earlier this winter a 73-year-old man was killed when he was crossing a street and a plow operator backed up striking him.
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