Woman arrested after hit-and-run that killed baby in seventh month of pregnancy
A woman was arrested for her involvement in a hit-and-run that left an expectant mother hospitalized and her baby in the seventh month of pregnancy dead, Phoenix police said Wednesday.
Officers with the Phoenix police responded to calls of a car accident near 9th Street and Grover's Avenue just before 10:20 p.m. on Sunday. The crash occurred when the first car, driving east on Grover's Avenue, hit the front of the other car as they were turning south on 9th Street, according to investigation reports.
The adult female driver of one car and an adult female passenger, who was seven months pregnant, were badly injured in the crash, police said.
The Phoenix Fire Department also responded and took the driver to a nearby hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The pregnant passenger was taken to a hospital with serious injuries that resulted in the death of her baby in the seventh month of pregnancy, according to police.
Witnesses directed officers at the scene to the location of an SUV that was reportedly involved in the crash, police said. The car was located about a half mile down the block. Officers found the SUV and detained the driver of the first car, later identified as Leslie Yaeger, 39.
Detectives investigating the crash determined Yaeger was driving under the influence, with a 0.219% blood alcohol content level at the time of the arrest.
Detectives arrested Yaeger on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter, among other felony charges. Yaeger was booked into Maricopa County Jail on Tuesday.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Woman arrested after hit-and-run that killed baby in third trimester