A pregnant woman has died after an alleged robbery suspect fleeing police crashed into her car.
Samantha Russell was waiting at an intersection in Wichita, Kansas, on Tuesday (local time) when 37-year-old Javan Ervin allegedly ran the red light in a truck, hitting the 22-year-old, local publication KAKE reported.
Two other vehicles were also struck.
Mrs Russell, who was 33 weeks pregnant, was rushed to hospital but was later pronounced dead.
Miraculously, her baby boy survived after doctors performed an emergency delivery, her husband, Brandon Russell, said.
Wichita police said the baby is in critical condition.
Mr Russell took to Facebook after his wife’s death to pay tribute to “his everything”.
“Words cannot explain or express the emotions going through everyone’s head today in light of the events that took place on July 6.
“Sammy was taken from us but left behind the most beautiful gift of life.
“Samantha was going to be a fantastic mother. She always had everything planned out and ready to go. She was driven and the hardest worker I knew,” he said, adding that his wife always knew what to say.
He said “she was an all around good person who did not deserve to die on impact from a reckless driver”.
“She was the best example of what it looks like to be happy. She showed happiness to everyone and anyone that she knew,” he continued, adding that the 22-year-old was “everything” to him.
The young dad also urged people to take a moment to cherish their loved ones because you “never know what to expect”.
Alleged robber 'fled police before crash'
Police were investigating two robberies involving the same suspects, including Ervin, on Tuesday before the accident.
Officers arrested one of the suspects at a hotel, but Ervin allegedly fled in a truck and gave chase, KAKE reported.
A short time later, police said, the truck sped through a red light and hit several vehicles, including Mrs Russell's car.
Ervin was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in commission of a felony, aggravated battery and criminal possession of a firearm.
He was ordered held without bond on Wednesday morning (local time).
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