A postdoctoral instructor from Texas who was seven months pregnant was struck and killed while crossing the street – but her baby miraculously survived.
Police identified the woman as 30-year-old Jennifer J. Young, who taught mathematics at Rice University in Houston and is survived by her distraught husband Gavan. Her child was delivered by emergency C-section and remains in critical condition.
Houston police said that Young was crossing near the intersection of Main St and Cambridge around 9:20am, the Houston Chronicle reported. She was reportedly struck by a grey Acura MDX that was driving down Main, though police said the vehicle had a green light.
After the accident, Young was rushed to Memorial Hermann hospital, and was pronounced dead. However, doctors managed to save her child, who is currently listed in critical condition.
Houston police said the car next to the Acura stopped in the intersection, but the Acura continued on, striking the young woman.
They held the driver of the Acura for questioning, but they were later released.
The woman's husband was too grief-stricken to speak to the press on Wednesday, according to the news websites.
In September, Ms Young was to begin the last year of a prestigious fellowship at Rice University after completing her doctorate in applied mathematics. She would have been a fully-fledged professor in about a year, having recently accepted a tenure-track position at another university.
In a letter to faculty, staff and students, the university's chairman of computational and applied mathematics Matthias Heinkenschloss announced Ms Young's death, describing her as talented and accomplished with a bright future.
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