Pregnant woman, kids hurt in Scottsdale crash


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Natalie Brand

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 12 at 11:29 AM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale police said alcohol may have been a factor in a collision that injured a pregnant woman and two children Monday evening.

According to Officer David Pubins, a silver Honda Accord was turning left from northbound Hayden Road onto westbound Roosevelt Street when it was struck by a red Buick heading south at approximately 6 p.m.

The force of the crash sent the Honda off the road and onto the sidewalk.

A 37-year-old pregnant woman was in the front passenger seat of the Honda and her 16-year-old son was driving the vehicle. The woman's daughters, ages 4, 11 and 13, were also in the car along with an 11-year-old girl and her 15-year-old sister, who are family friends.

The woman was the most seriously injured in the crash. Pubins said she had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was transported to a local hospital where she underwent emergency surgery. The baby was delivered with minor complications and the woman is recovering.

Two of the juveniles were injured and were taken to area hospitals. Police said their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Pubins said the occupants of the Honda were all believed to be wearing their seat belts, but four of the children may have been sharing two seat belts between them.

The driver of the Buick was not injured.

Police said the driver of the Buick is under investigation because alcohol may have been a factor in the collision. The driver has not been arrested or charged.

The roadway was closed for five hours while police investigated the collision.