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Unborn baby dies after crash


A heavily pregnant Canterbury woman’s unborn child has died after a head-on car crash.

Canterbury police rural area commander Inspector Peter Cooper said emergency services were called to a twocar crash at the intersecti­on of Ashley Gorge Rd and German Rd, north of Oxford, about midday on Monday.

One of the drivers, a 26-year-old woman, was nine months pregnant. She was flown to Christchur­ch Hospital with moderate injuries. Her child was stillborn the next day.

‘‘Tragically, she has lost a baby,’’ Cooper said.

Cooper said an investigat­ion into what caused the crash and who was at fault was under way.

It was not yet clear if the accident caused the child to be stillborn.

‘‘We’re awaiting the medical reports to confirm whether the tragic death of the child was related to the accident or another medical issue.’’

Cooper said it was too soon to say whether charges would be laid.

‘‘Until we talk to [the pregnant driver] and get her side of the story, we won’t be in a position to actually determine whether to lay charges.’’

‘‘We send our sympathy to the family and everyone involved.’’

In 2012, Bililigne Gebretsadi­k lost his unborn son as a result of a car crash at a complicate­d Wellington intersecti­on.

His wife, Seble Cherie, who was almost seven months pregnant, was a passenger in the car.

She was injured in the crash and lost her baby after an emergency caesarean section in hospital.

Cherie begged police not to prosecute her husband, but after a six-month investigat­ion they laid charges.

In an unpreceden­ted decision that police said was not made lightly, Gebretsadi­k was charged with careless driving causing the death of an unborn child on top of charges related to the injuries suffered by his wife and the woman driving the other vehicle.

A judge ruled the following year that Gebretsadi­k was not guilty of careless driving and was therefore not responsibl­e for causing his child’s death.

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