A pregnant mother of three was killed by a hit-and-run driver, though the baby survived the tragedy.
Karla Y. Leanos had been crossing the street in North Lawndale in the 4200 block of West Ogden around 10 p.m. when she was hit by a 2008 Chrysler traveling westbound at a high rate of speed, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The vehicle did not initially stop, police said.
Witness Shaniqueta Tyus said a friend who was at the scene repeated that Leanos was 7 months pregnant.
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After she was hit, emergency personnel delivered the baby boy, police said. The newborn’s condition was stabilized Friday morning.
The 26-year-old, of the 3000 block of South Keeler, was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:25 p.m.
Rick Page of Rick Page of Chi City Cycles, whose surveillance cameras captured the incident, said the impact was strong enough to knock off the woman''s boots.
"That is a miracle baby," Page added.
A friend said Leanos also had three other children.
"I've been crying on and off all day to be honest," the friend said. "I'm heartbroken for her kids, her family. A tragedy that she lost her life and a miracle and a blessing that her baby survived."
A person is in custody and charges are pending, police said.