TAMPA, Fla. - Two women pushing baby strollers were hit by a car as they were walking along 43rd Street in Tampa Wednesday night. One of the women died. Doctors were unable to save her unborn child.
A 1-year-old girl was critically injured in the crash.
The women were pushing their strollers south on North 43rd Street toward East Hillsborough Avenue in around 7:45 p.m, according to a police statement. They began walking in the roadway when the sidewalk ended. They did not see a 1999 Lincoln Continental traveling southbound, which struck them.
27-year-old Monica Alvarez, who was six months pregnant, later died at Tampa General Hospital. Doctors tried to save her unborn child through caesarean section, but were unable to save the baby.
A 1-year-old, Imani Golden, was badly injured and was last listed in critical condition at Tampa General.
Another 1-year-old, Marquisha Wilson and Shanita Little, 24, were hospitalized. The police statement listed them as "stable" at St. Joseph's Hospital.
The driver, 25-year-old Daryl Oliver, said he did not see the victims until it was too late and was not able to avoid hitting them. He was not cited at the scene.
"At this point, this appears to be nothing more than a tragic accident," said Lt. Mary O'Connor. "The driver was not speeding. He did not show any sign of imparement at the scene."
All of those involved in the crash had Tampa addresses.
The investigation will be ongoing for up to a week.
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