According to a 2015 study, the risk of fetal death from a car crash is at least 5 times the risk compared to the first 9 months of a baby’s life. This number is based only on the 227 pregnant mothers and babies who died in a car crash (compared to the 60 newborns who died in traffic crashes in 2012). It does not account for the possibly thousands of times a pregnancy is lost when the mother survives.
This list is a small example of those crashes in which the mom survives but the unborn baby does not. Or sometimes the pregnancy makes it but the baby is born with injuries, including injuries that will affect the family for the child’s life. Two examples of this are the child who had his voice box injured in a crash during pregnancy and the Facebook comment shown of a mother wishing she had a Tummy Shield for her pregnancy after her daughter experienced a brain bleed after a crash during pregnancy.
(Only a very small number are reported in the news. Based on experiences shared with us, it seems it only makes the news if someone in addition to the baby died or someone was charged with the death.)
May 13, 2020 Philadelphia, PA DUI driver causes crash that kills father-to-be and unborn baby. Mother, who was 5 months pregnant, injured, losing a leg and requiring a hysterectomy.
February 8, 2020 Roane County, WV Mother and unborn baby die after complications from a crash on their way home from baby shower. “Any time a pregnant woman’s involved in a crash, there’s always concern about their baby,” West Virginia State Trooper E.C. Greathouse said. “We didn’t realize that this was going to be the ultimate outcome that the mother was going to lose her life as well.”
January 8, 2020 Houston, TX A 32-year-old woman has been charged with murder after a wreck killed her passenger’s unborn child. The passenger’s unborn child was later pronounced dead.
January 4, 2020 Soso, MS A 24-year-old Mississippi teacher lost her unborn baby eight months into her pregnancy after she was hit by a driver with a history of DUIs while driving home from her baby shower
December 20, 2019 Tampa, FL A woman’s unborn baby has died after a chain-reaction crash in Pasco County on a Friday. Her unborn baby was pronounced dead on Monday.
December 19, 2019 Westlake, LA A Westlake man has been arrested and charged with 3rd degree feticide and vehicular negligent injuring after a two-vehicle crash. The front-seat passenger in the other car was 21 weeks pregnant. Authorities later learned the unborn baby died at the hospital.
May 23, 2019 West Chester, PA A Delaware County couple recount the “hell” their lives have become since a crash involving a DUI driver who fled the scene after slamming into their car, claiming the life of their unborn son. The 16 week pregnant woman suffered moderate injuries in the crash, but felt her water break and was taken to the trauma unit. There, emergency room personnel gave her the horrifying news that while his heart was still beating, the boy would likely die.
May 5, 2019 Franklin Township, OH Fatal crash killed three children (one unborn), injured father and his son, Bruce, and left pregnant mom with a brain injury she is still battling to overcome.
May 5. 2019 Mascoutah, IL Charges pending in crash for failure to stop. Mother in crash was 7 months pregnant. Her child was delivered via emergency C-section in but did not survive.
March 24, 2019 Gwinnet County, GA Police have charged a driver in connection with a weekend traffic accident that killed an unborn child and injured three members of the child’s family. Doctors performed an emergency C-section on the 27-week-gestation girl but she died from her injuries.
March 19, 2019 Concord Township, MI A pregnant woman’s unborn baby didn’t survive a head-on collision with a semitrailer. The woman was seven months pregnant.
March 11, 2019 Gwinnet County, GA Police are investigating a crash that seriously injured a woman and killed her unborn child. Mother, who was in the third trimester of her pregnancy, was taken to a local hospital. While at the hospital, her unborn child died.
March 2019 Clarksville, TN Police have arrested a man on vehicular homicide charges for a March crash that killed an unborn child, injured her mother, and another passenger.
February 19, 2019 Wood County, TX Couple in car crash on the way to the hospital to be induced for labor. Parents were seriously injured and baby was lost.
February 9, 2019 Davenport, FL Three car crash caused by car violating right of way of car driven by woman who was 8 months pregnant. The mom was taken to the hospital where doctors determined her unborn baby was dead. The victim’s 1-year-old girl was also in the car but not injured.
January 3, 2019 Todd County, KY A pregnant woman lost her unborn child during a hit-and-run accident. She was due mid-January.
December 29, 2018 Fresno, CA A Fresno drunk driver who crashed into a young couple, killing their unborn baby, will spend seven years and four months in prison. Doctors delivered the baby, Sophie, by cesarean section. Sophie weighed just 3 pounds 1 ounce and was 16.5 inches. She passed away the next day.
September 2018 St. Augustine, FL A woman is sentenced with a DUI after being involved in a crash where her passenger was injured. Her injuries resulted in the death of her unborn child.
September 9, 2018 Hemet, CA A former professional boxer will spend the next 10 years behind bars after killing a pregnant mother of four. Her unborn baby died and she was put on life support, however, doctors pronounced her dead the following day.
July 31, 2018 Cincinnati, Ohio A man was indicted after police said a rollover crash he caused resulted in a pregnant woman sitting in the passenger seat losing her baby. Ohio law states aggravated vehicular homicide is a crime when a driver recklessly causes the death of another or the “unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.”
July 26, 2018 Atlanta suburb Pregnant woman was transported to a local hospital with visible injuries after hit and run. The unborn child died the next day due to injuries sustained in the crash.
July 18, 2018 Hillsboro, ND Woman charged with death of unborn child after rollover crash. Mom-to-be was 6 months pregnant and lost her child as a result of injuries. North Dakota is one of about 30 states that allows prosecutors to file charges if a fetus is killed during a crime.
July 9, 2018 Los Angeles A 3-year-old boy was killed and his pregnant mother lost her unborn child in a two-car crash on the southbound 110 Freeway in South Los Angeles. (image from KABC Los Angeles)
June 12, 2018 Mountain Home, AR Reckless driver charged with killing unborn baby. According to the medical examiner, the baby sustained a fatal brain injury when the mother was injured in the collision. The baby was alive following delivery, and had just been given a clean bill of health at the doctor the day before the accident.
June 6, 2018 Cygnet, Ohio Pregnant woman was flown to medical center with serious injuries after the driver of a car in which she was a passenger lost control and triggered the 3 car crash. She was pregnant, and her unborn child was pronounced dead at the hospital.
May 14, 2018 Mayes county, Texas Mayes County deputy involved in crash from which unborn baby later died. Mother-to-be “was taken to a Grove hospital in good condition.” Her unborn baby was declared dead the following day.
May 7, 2018 New Zealand (We don’t usually post international crashes.) Man charged over Nelson crash which resulted in baby’s death after crash victim’s emergency C-section.
October 19, 2017 Westminster, CO Underage driver crashed a stolen vehicle; seriously injured a pregnant woman and killed the child she was carrying.
September 10, 2017 Arkansas Mother and father survive being rear-ended at high speed. Toddler daughter and unborn baby are killed. At first baby’s heartbeat was normal but as day progressed it became weaker.
October 1, 2016 Cambridgeshire Mom was saved from suffering fatal injuries due to the baby bump taking the impact. But tragically baby died from a fractured skull.
September 9, 2016 Oxforshire Mother survives crash that resulted in a 8 car pile-up that killed her 3-year-old daughter and unborn baby son.
August 2, 2016 San Antonio Mother survives crash caused by drunk driver that killed her husband and unborn baby at 19 weeks gestation.
July 8, 2016 Corpus Christi Intoxicated teen arrested after crashing his car, injuring his pregnant girlfriend and killing their unborn baby at 35 weeks gestation.
June 2, 2016 (This was emailed to us by the mother on 1/24/18.) “My husband and I were hit almost head on by an 82-year-old man. I was 38w5d pregnant with my daughter. She did not survive.”
April 4, 2016 Australia This is a touchy political issue: Most parents-to-be consider their unborn baby to be a baby but the legal status is questionable depending on where you are. These parents want to keep that baby as safe as possible. Here an Australian mother who lost her unborn baby in a car crash wants to change Australian’s legal status of a fetus. Watch the 9news.com.au story here.
March 7, 2016 Mountain Brook, Alabama 22-year-old man charged in head-on crash that left a pregnant woman seriously injured and took the life of her unborn baby girl at 33 weeks pregnant. Alabama law allows authorities to charge a suspect with the murder of another human being, including an unborn child.
Nov. 11, 2015 Bennington, Okla. Engaged woman and her unborn baby dies in car crash in passenger seat.
October 31, 2015 Tulare, Calif. Two adults and an unborn baby (in different cars) die in car crash.
October 14, 2015 Dixon, Calif. (This was not in the newspaper that we could find. The crash image is to the left.) Baby dies after emergency c-section from fatal injury after pregnant mother experienced a car crash as a passenger. Mother says her only injury was from the seat belt which crushed her baby’s skull.
Sept. 14, 2015 Pittsburgh, Penn. Detroit mother was 5-months pregnant when baby died on impact in car crash that also killed father.
Aug. 8, 2015 Chicogo Man charged in crash that killed unborn child, woman in serious condition, unborn child died the next day
May 23, 2015 Wilmington, NC Pregnant mom was forced to undergo emergency c-section to save their unborn child who days later died with inoperable injuries from a car crash the family was involved in which also killed the baby’s toddler brother; driver charged
April 30, 2015 Orfordville, Wis. Pregnant driver’s unborn child dies after crash; man charged with 3rd OWI, homicide by intoxicated use of vehicle
Dec. 25, 2014 Nashville Pregnant woman and her passenger were transported for non life-threatening injuries, her unborn baby died the next day; man charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication
Aug. 2014 Alberquerque Unborn baby dies in car crash, 8 months later parents seeking justice
Aug. 2014 Wichita, Kansas Pregnant woman injured in southwest Wichita collision dies, baby (7 months gestation) in critical condition.
Feb. 2014 Tucson, Ariz. crash where pregnant woman was injured and lost her baby.
2014 Australia Mom petitioning in 2016 for new law in Australia that will allow charges to be brought against people who kill unborn children who are more than 30 weeks along. At 39 weeks gestation the loss of her daughter, Sophie, was considered one of mom’s injuries.