Crash Kills Mother-To-Be, Doctors Save Baby

15-year-old boy driving car that crashed.

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    A pregnant woman lost her life in a weekend crash. But doctors were able to save her unborn child. Her 15-year-old son was driving at the time of crash. A third child in the car was also taken to the hospital. (Published Sunday, Aug 5, 2012)

    An Arlington family is mourning the loss of a mother, wife and daughter.

    ShaChela Womack died in a car crash early Sunday morning in Dallas County at FM 1382 near the intersection of Eagle Ford Drive.

    Womack’s 15-year old son, who relatives said had just gotten his learners’ permit was behind the wheel of the car. They said he may have been driving because she was tired.  Her 5-year old daughter was also on the car.

    Womack was 9 months pregnant, police said.

    The children survived, and doctors were able to save the baby, but Womack died.

    “She found happiness, she had just found happiness with her husband,” said Lavonne Gilbert, Womack’s mother.

    Womack had just gotten married on June 30th.

    “To be married only 30 days and for this to happen,” Gilbert said.

    Gilbert said Womack was driving back from her own baby shower. The police report said Womack’s son told police he couldn’t see through the back window because of the items in the car.

    “Those were her baby shower gifts,” explained Gilbert. “Something happened, he lost control… I guess they went off the road, flipped.”

    The children are expected to be okay. Gilbert said the baby’s heart is beating, and doctors at Methodist Central are looking for brain activity.

    Womack’s husband was at a funeral for his grandmother at the time of the crash. The baby will be named after that grandmother.

    No word on if there will be charges.