Pregnant Mom Killed in Freak Driveway Accident

Gravel trailer fell on her after Calif. work crew asked her to move her car
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2015 4:43 AM CDT
Pregnant Mom Crushed by Gravel Truck
This picture of Lindsey Combs is from a fundraising page set up to help her family travel from Montana for her funeral.   (GoFundMe)

Devastated loved ones and neighbors are demanding answers in the horrific death of Lindsey Combs. The 32-year-old Martinez, Calif., hairstylist was killed in her driveway Monday afternoon when the gravel-filled trailer of a truck working on a city project toppled onto her car and crushed it as her 4-year-old daughter looked on, the Contra Costa Times reports. Her fiance tells the San Francisco Chronicle that she was nearly two months pregnant and was going to have her first ultrasound scan this week. "I'm devastated, upset, mostly upset that this was totally avoidable," he says. A police spokesman tells the Times that the work crew had asked her to move her car moments before the big-rig trailer toppled as the driver raised it to dump the gravel.

Local authorities and the state workplace safety regulator are investigating the accident. The owner of Greg's Trucking Service tells ABC7 that the driver involved has worked for him for 25 years without a violation and is "completely destroyed over what happened." "He's not handling it well. He was going to retire this coming Jan. 4," says the owner. He says the gravel load was legal, the driver "felt comfortable with it and it was going up level and something happened. He didn't move, his brakes didn't lock." A fundraising page has been set up to cover funeral costs and help pay for the care of 4-year-old Lyric. (In another freak construction accident, a New Jersey worker was killed by a tape measure.)

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