WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Oct. 16, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — West Valley City Police officials have revealed the name of a woman who died after a traffic accident Thursday night, and whose unborn child, 8 months along, was delivered alive after her mother’s death.
The victim was 29-year-old Shelby Boyce, of West Valley City, the WVCPD statement says. The baby was delivered by Caesarean section, and was transported in critical condition to Primary Children’s Hospital.
Family members told the media Friday afternoon the infant had been removed from life support.
The accident happened at about 7:05 p.m. Thursday at 3500 South Bangerter Highway, the statement says.
Boyce and her 28-year-old husband were westbound on 3500 South in their 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer, and “proceeded through the intersection on a green light.
“A 2016 Subaru Forester driven by an 18-year-old male was traveling southbound on Bangerter Highway and ran a red light, striking the passenger side of the Mitsubishi Lancer. The passenger in the Mitsubishi, 29-year-old Shelby Boyce of West Valley City, was 8 months pregnant. The majority of the impact struck the side of the vehicle which she was occupying.”
Boyce was trapped inside the wreckage, and was extricated by the West Valley City Fire Department.
“She was a transported to the hospital in extremely critical condition. Despite numerous life-saving measures, Ms. Boyce was pronounced deceased at the hospital,” the police statement says.
“Ms. Boyce’s baby girl was delivered via Cesarean section. The baby was stabilized enough to be transported to a hospital where she could receive more specialized care.”
The drivers of both vehicles were transported to hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.
“At this time, impairment is not suspected as a cause of this accident, however a through investigation is underway, which includes laboratory testing,” the WVCPD statement says, adding that it can take months to get test results back.
“Any charges in this case are pending the outcome of further investigation.”
A GoFundMe account that says it was set up to help Boyce’s family with expenses has been set up, and can be viewed here.
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