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Pregnant Woman Killed; Baby Lives

Times Staff Writer

A 26-year-old Santa Ana woman who was eight months’ pregnant was killed Saturday in a two-car accident on the San Diego Freeway. Her baby, delivered by emergency room doctors who tried to save the woman’s life, was in critical condition.

Authorities said Claudia Vasquez-Duran was killed in the 4:20 p.m. crash on the northbound San Diego Freeway at Brookhurst Street in Fountain Valley.

Vasquez-Duran was a passenger in a Toyota Highlander that was struck by a Honda Accord that had spun out of control while making a lane change, said Sgt. D. Murley of the California Highway Patrol.

The Toyota hit a raised median and flipped, landing on its roof. Vasquez-Duran, a passenger who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected. Four others in the car who were wearing seat belts sustained minor to moderate injuries and were taken to hospitals, Murley said.

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“It’s very sad,” she said. “She’s survived by a husband and a ... little boy.”

Vasquez-Duran was taken to Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center where she died and her baby was delivered, said Larry Esslinger, a deputy Orange County coroner.

“During the heroics of trying to save her, they took the baby,” Esslinger said. “The mom was too far gone.”


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