GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A pregnant mother was killed in a two-vehicle rollover crash in Grand Rapids Saturday.
She was later identified as 28-year-old Nancy Orozco-Lopez.
Family members told 24 Hour News 8 that her child, a boy, was delivered via cesarean section but died Sunday afternoon. Orozco-Lopez’s sister, Ana Orozco, said doctors had told the family it was unlikely he would survive.
“We strongly believe he went away to be with (his) mom,” Orozco wrote in a message to 24 Hour News 8 Sunday night.
The crash happened at 10:51 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 3rd Street NW and Lane Avenue NW.
Police say a vehicle going east on 3rd Street ran a stop sign and hit another vehicle going south on Lane Avenue. Orozco-Lopez, the driver of the southbound vehicle, was ejected and her vehicle then rolled on top of her.
Emergency responders extricated her and took her to an area hospital, where she died.
Two of her children were also injured in the crash, but a woman who lives near the scene said their injuries seemed to be bumps and bruises before they were taken to the hospital.
Neighbor Shelley Walker did not see the crash happen but rushed outside in her nightgown after she heard it.
Walker said she gathered the children and took them away from the scene to comfort them.
“The little boy ran out of the car while his mom was still in it,” Walker said. “After I grabbed him, he told me that his brother was still stuck in the car. So somebody got his brother out and we tried to comfort them as best we could.”
Ana Orozco said her mother was on the phone with Orozco-Lopez when the crash happened. She said they were discussing some plans for the day when her mother heard the children shout and cry. At that point, her sister did not respond.
Family members were later notified of the death by police.
Ana Orozco said the family wanted Orozco-Lopez to be remembered as a “loving mom, daughter, sister & wife” and said she “would do everything and anything for her 4 children.”
The family expressed gratitude for the love and support they have received.
A GoFundMe account has been started to cover funeral expenses.
Visitation is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Matthysse Kuiper DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4031 Clyde Park Ave. in Wyoming. Religious services will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 101 Hall St. in Grand Rapids, on Thursday, though a precise time had not been set as of Sunday evening.
The Grand Rapids Police Department said Monday that its investigation was ongoing. Once complete, it will be passed along to the county prosecutor’s office, which will decide whether the at-fault driver will face charges.