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Pregnant mother hit by tractor trailer dies

Published On: Nov 07 2012 12:04:54 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 12 2012 10:15:35 PM CST
LA GRANGE -

A pregnant mother, hit by a tractor trailer on Tuesday, died Sunday according to family members.

Tiffany Smith, 22, died from multiple injuries from the crash, family said.

Smith was hit by an 18-wheeler Tuesday in the parking lot BJ's Grill in La Grange. Troopers said the tractor trailer ran off Highway 70 and into the parking lot where Smith was standing with her two-year-old son Deshawn. Smith lost her unborn child in the accident.

According to family members, the two-year-old had surgery on a broken femur, but is expected to be OK. 

The crash was likely caused when the driver of the 18-wheeler swerved to avoid a pick-up truck that pulled out in front of him, troopers said. The Highway Patrol expects to speak with the District Attorney Tuesday about possible charges.

Family members said funeral arrangements for Smith are pending.

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A pregnant mother who was hit by an 18-wheeler while standing with her son in a parking lot is in critical condition, according to family members.

Family of 22-year-old Tiffany Smith said Smith is in intensive care at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville after a tractor trailer ran over Smith and her two-year-old son, Deshawn.

Troopers said the tractor trailer ran off Highway 70 in La Grange and into the parking lot of BJ's Grill, where Smith was putting her son in his car seat. Both victims were transported to Vidant Medical Center.

Smith, who was seven months pregnant, lost her unborn child in the accident. According to family members, Smith suffered several injuries, including internal bleeding.

Family said the two-year-old underwent surgery for a broken femur, but is expected to be OK.

Troopers said the crash was likely caused when the driver of the 18-wheeler swerved to avoid a pick-up truck that pulled out in front of him.

The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

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An 18-wheeler ran off the road and crashed into a pregnant woman and her toddler, the Highway Patrol said.

It happened off Highway 70, outside La Grange in Lenoir County at around noon Tuesday.

The woman was coming out of BJ's Grill, carrying food and her toddler son, when the 18-wheeler ran off Highway 70 and hit the mother and child in the parking lot, troopers said. The toddler was reportedly trapped underneath the tractor-trailer. According to witnesses, the child's mother was pregnant. The victims' car, seen in the photo, was smashed.

The 18-wheeler may have went off the road because it swerved while trying to avoid a truck, which had come into the 18-wheeler's lane, troopers said.

The mother was airlifted to Vidant Medical Center and her child was taken by ambulance, troopers said. Their identities and conditions have not been released. The driver of the 18-wheeler was also seen getting into an ambulance.