A drunken road rage incident ended in disaster on Saturday morning as a pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed.
Police responded to a multi-vehicle crash in Long Beach, Calif., after a driver of a pickup truck lost control of his vehicle after chasing a car for several blocks “at a high rate of speed,” KTLA reported.
The 2006 GMC pickup slammed into an uninvolved car before plowing into an empty parked truck. Krista Nichols, 23, was in the passenger seat of the GMC truck and critically injured when authorities arrived on scene.
Nichols, who was eight months pregnant, was rushed to a nearby hospital where she and the unborn child later died. The driver of the GMC truck was identified as Nichols boyfriend, Miguel Larios, 26. His 10-year-old son was also in the car at the time of the horrific accident, but neither suffered life-threatening injuries.
Larios was reportedly arrested on suspicion of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of driving under the influence and one count of child endangerment. He was also being held on $200,000 bail.
“This is a parent’s worst nightmare,” Nichols’ father, Adolfo Andrade, told the news outlet. “The road rage, the drinking, driving behind the wheel — just senseless. It doesn’t make any sense.”
“We’re going to miss our daughter Krista’s smile, that little crooked smile of hers, her laugh. Everything about her, we’re just going to miss her so much,” the grieving father added.
Nichols is survived by her 5-year-old son, Theodore, from a previous relationship. “We don’t know how we’re going to break that to that poor, sweet boy who loved his mom so, so much,” Nichols’ brother, Tyler, explained of his sister's death.
A GoFundMe page has been created to honor Nichols and her unborn son, Christopher. “Our heart is to help our bro Adolfo and his family by providing funds to lighten the load during this unexpected difficult season,” the donation page reads. “$$ for takeout meals, funeral expenses, childcare… whatever they might need! The donation goal is $50,000.”