Unborn Baby Survives Car Crash That Killed His Mother

'All she ever wanted was to hold her baby in her arms'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2016 1:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – An 18-year-old woman in San Jose will never get to meet her baby after she was killed in a car crash Wednesday two months before her child was due, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Doctors were able to save Dulce Capetillo's unborn baby, Christopher, and he remains in critical condition. "All she ever wanted was to hold her baby in her arms," Capetillo's friend says. Capetillo, who had recently moved in with her fiance Pedro Cortes, had picked out the name Christopher before crash. Cortes was overcome by grief Wednesday after losing the mother of his child.

Capetillo's 20-year-old brother picked her up from work after midnight Wednesday. Shortly before 2am, he crashed into a BMW that was parked along the side of the highway. It's unclear why he crashed into the BMW, but police don't believe drugs or alcohol were involved. Emergency responders at the scene said Capetillo only had a minor leg injury, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. But doctors at the hospital found what KRON says were "traumatic injuries to her torso." She died in the operating room, leaving her new baby boy behind. (Mom of five dies 10 days after giving birth to triplets.)

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