Pregnant woman killed in wreck, baby survives

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Karlisha Randolph died after police said another driver ran a red light Thursday night. By Andrew Michalscheck Karlisha Randolph died after police said another driver ran a red light Thursday night. By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- A 24-year-old woman nine months along in her pregnancy died after police said another driver ran a red light Thursday night. Doctors were fortunately able to save her baby.

Karlisha Randolph was riding in a white Suzuki SUV with her mother and her two sons when police said the 21-year old driver of a red Volvo ran a red light at 39th Avenue and Northern.

The driver of the Volvo plowed into a nearby backyard. The Suzuki rolled onto its side. Randolph's 7 and 2-year-old sons were in car seats, and are going to survive.

Staff Sergeant Chance Sthal, an army medic who lives near the intersection, heard a loud crash and ran outside to help. He saw Randolph "half way ejected out of the passenger side."

"It was only 30 seconds before I got to her, but there was already a pool of blood on the ground," Sthal stated.

Emergency crews were on the scene within two minutes, but could not save Randolph. Her baby is in critical condition tonight.

Police say the driver of the Volvo was intoxicated and was fleeing from the scene of another accident at 35th and Dunlap, where he apparently cut in front of a city bus.

He continued down Northern and allegedly ran a red light, suffering non life-threatening injures. He faces numerous charges when he is released from the hospital.

Sthal said he has seen multiple accidents at the intersection of 39th and Dunlap.

"It's one of the deadliest intersections in Phoenix," remarked Sthal.

That reputation became a reality Thursday night, when the intersection became the scene of the wreck that would kill Karlisha Randolph.

Karlisha Randolph's family has opened an account for donations at the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union under the name Karlisha.