SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 26, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — A woman who was in her third trimester of pregnancy, who was killed after the vehicle she was traveling in was hit by a FrontRunner train, was the mother of six, according to a GoFundMe page set up by a family member.
Her baby daughter, who would have been her seventh child, was delivered by C-section and is in extremely critical condition, said Salt Lake City Police Department spokesman Det. Greg Wilking.
The victim has been identified as 30-year-old Kaipā ʻOfa KiʻUiha Sateki Kinikini, also known as ʻOfa Kinikini, a Salt Lake City resident.
Wilking said the accident occurred near 900 S. 600 West around 8 p.m. Monday when Kinikini and a male driver were traveling in a vehicle heading westbound on 900 South. Wilking said the man drove around the crossing arms, and the vehicle was hit on the passenger side by a southbound FrontRunner train.
Kinikini was transported to hospital and later died from injuries sustained in the accident. Wilking said Kinikini and the man were a couple.
The full statement on Kinikini’s GoFundMe page, posted by her brother Josh Kinikini, reads:
Kaipā ʻOfa KiʻUiha Sateki Kinikini, also known by loved ones as simply ʻOfa Kinikini, leaves behind seven beautiful children. One of whom is in critical care at Primary Children’s Hospital. My sister was a charitable person, giving freely of her time to help others. She is described as outgoing, tenacious, and free-spirited.
On the evening of July 25th, 2016, ʻOfa was riding on the passenger side when the vehicle she was in was struck by a FrontRunner passenger train. She was due this month with her seventh child at the time. She was rushed to the hospital where doctors performed an emergency C-Section on her. Fortunately, the baby survived, but ʻOfa did not make it.
We appreciate any help. It pains me as I write this. We just want to thank family, friends and strangers abroad for your words of sympathy and support. I’d like to thank the bystander who gave my sister CPR. I know ʻOfa would of done the same thing to any stranger in need of help. Our deepest thanks also to the doctors, nurses, and staff at University of Utah hospital and Primary Children’s, who desperately tried to keep her alive. And for delivering her daughter.
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The man was transported to hospital in serious condition, but his injuries are not life-threatening, Wilking said. The man has not been identified.
Utah Transit Authority spokesperson Remi Barron said the FrontRunner train was not in service and no passengers were on board. He said trains are often transported to other parts of the line for other use, and in this case the train was being driven to Provo to prepare for the morning commute.