ANAHEIM, Calif. (News Nation/KTLA) — A pregnant woman has been identified after police say she was killed after being struck by an SUV while she was walking on the sidewalk with her husband Tuesday night.
Yesenia Lisette Aguilar, 23, was killed when a Jeep jumped the curb and hit her, according to police.
Aguilar was approximately 35 weeks pregnant, said Anaheim Sgt. Shane Carringer. She died after being transported to UC Irvine Medical Center.
Her baby, a girl, was delivered via a cesarean section at the hospital; the newborn was last reported to be in critical condition and being treated in the neonatal intensive care
Police said the Jeep’s driver, identified as 40-year-old Courtney Pandolfi of Garden Grove, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.
Pandolfi has two prior DUI arrests and could face a murder charge in connection with the collision, according to an Anaheim police news release.
David Orozco witnessed the incident and said he heard a loud boom and saw the pregnant woman’s head “was banged up.”
“The husband was, I think, checking her pulse and when he checked, he screamed,” Orozco said.
The investigation remains ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to call police at 714-765-1474.