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8 ½ month pregnant mom is killed when she is pinned by car, baby alive, in critical condition

by | Dec 2, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

It would be difficult to imagine a tragedy on so many different levels.

Jodie Guthrie is 8 and ½ months pregnant and loving life and her unborn baby. She posts on her Facebook account

“Went to Magee for an ultrasound and Trace Joseph Weatherwalk is 5-pounds-9-ounces…God Blessed this perfect angel – and I can’t wait to meet him.”

However, as KDKA-TV’s Mary Robb Jackson writes, last week, Guthrie “was sheltering under the awning of a Rite Aid Pharmacy on the North Side [of Pittsburgh] around 3:45 p.m. A driver lost control of his Dodge minivan as he pulled into a parking spot.” In a split second, the car, driven by an elderly man, has jumped the curb and pinned Guthrie against the wall.

The boy’s father and Guthrie’s fiancé, George Weatherwalk, is at home when he receives a call from the hospital that Guthrie had been hurt. Trace Joseph is delivered in an emergency caesarian at Allegheny General Hospital.

But a half-hour later, Jodie Guthrie, only 30, dies.

According to the Associated Press

Police Cmdr. RaShall Brackney said investigators believe the 88-year-old driver, Allen Massie, may have mistakenly hit the gas while parking, causing his car to jump the curb and pin Guthrie. Massie didn’t appear to understand witnesses who tried to get him to back up, possibly because he couldn’t see Guthrie, Brackney said.

Massie’s granddaughter, Candy Thompson, says she is heartbroken by her grandfather’s part in the fatal accident. “Because he has Alzheimer’s and I don’t even think he might remember tomorrow what happened today,” she tells the AP.

As of the weekend, Trace Joseph was in critical condition at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. “His heart and other vital signs appear strong, but he is not breathing on his own and doctors are keeping his body temperature low to prevent any brain damage that may have been suffered in the crash,” the AP reported.

Weatherwalk is understandably still trying to cope with all that has happened to his family. “He wasn’t supposed to be born like this. We were supposed to be happy.” He also said, “I don’t understand. That doesn’t make sense to me. I mean, she’d still be here right now.”

CBS’s Bob Haven reported that ”Weatherwalk doesn’t know yet how he will be able to raise his son without Guthrie. But he’s planning to make sure Trace Joseph knows how much his mother wanted to be there for him.”

“We were supposed to do it normal. But I’m going to take care of him.”

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