A Tampa mother, 6 months pregnant, has died after she and her child were hit by a car Wednesday night.
According to police and family members, Monica Alvarez and another mother were walking, pushing strollers heading south along N 43rd Street in Tampa.
A driver, going in the same direction, hit them from behind.
Alvarez, 27, and her one-year old daughter Imani took the brunt of the impact. They were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.
Doctors were not able to save Alvarez, and also could not save her unborn baby boy, according to Alvarez’ nephew, Gary Walker.
The injured girl, Imani, is expected to survive, Walker said. She celebrated her first birthday at the end of September.
The other mother and child were taken to St Joseph’s Hospital in serious condition.
The moms had set out to walk to the store, and passed through a half-block of 43rd Street that is particularly dark and has no sidewalks.
They were walking along the edge of the roadway when they were hit. Police said both the darkness and the lack of sidewalks played major roles in the crash.
It’s unclear whether the driver will face any charges. We’re told he was being cooperative and did not appear to be impaired.
The identities of the other victims and the driver have not been released.