WEST VALLEY CITY — Crews delivered a baby girl Thursday evening after her mother died in a car crash eight months into her pregnancy.
Shelby Boyce, 29, succumbed to her injuries after a Subaru Forester ran a red light and struck the Mitsubishi Lancer that Boyce’s husband, 28, was driving not far from their home, West Valley police said. The crash happened about 7 p.m. at 3500 South and Bangerter Highway.
An officer who happened to be at the intersection summoned help to pull Boyce from the wreckage. The passenger’s side, where she had been sitting, absorbed most of the impact.
Crews rushed her to a nearby hospital in extremely critical condition, police said Friday.
Doctors pronounced Boyce dead at the hospital but managed to deliver her daughter in a cesarean section.
A medical helicopter flew the newborn to a different hospital for more specialized care, police said. They didn’t know the child’s condition on Friday.
Police said they don’t suspect impairment on the part of the 18-year-old driver who ran the red light.
Both that driver and Boyce’s husband were treated for minor injuries at a hospital. An investigation is ongoing.