Miami Car Crash Kills Pregnant Pedestrian and Her Unborn Baby

Cecelia L. Chinn, a 26-year-old pregnant woman, and her unborn child died from injuries they sustained during a Miami pedestrian accident on Saturday. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Chinn and a man were crossing the street in the city’s Kendall neighborhood when she was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt.

Chinn and her baby weren’t the only ones to die in a South Florida traffic crash over the Thanksgiving weekend. On Thursday night, 36-year-old single mom Tarita Jonas, a Tamarac resident, suffered fatal injuries during a car crash on Interstate 95.

Jonas and her son Keajee Jonas, 16, had finished attending Thanksgiving dinner in Fort Lauderdale when the 2000 Toyota Avalon they were riding collided with a 2010 BMW 750i. She lost control of her vehicle, which then hit a concrete barrier wall. Jonas’s son and the four people in the BMW did not sustain injuries.

As our Palm Beach car accident lawyers mentioned in our last blog post, the Thanksgiving weekend is considered one of the deadliest holiday periods of the year for vehicle occupants. As early as Wednesday night, the Florida Highway Patrol reported at least one deadly car crash that claimed the life of a 48-year-old driver, whose vehicle overturned after it was struck by another auto that was attempting to avoid another accident. The rollover ejected the driver and her two passengers from the auto.

Also on Thanksgiving Day, 89-year-old Peggy Osowski was killed in a Florida car collision when the car she was in was hit by another auto. Osowksi’s 26-year-old grandson Michael Osowski, who was driving the car she was a passenger in, did not sustain injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, 25-year-old Jason Meyers, sustained a non-life threatening injury.

Fla. pregnant woman dead after being hit by car, Miami Herald, November 29, 2010
Sheriff’s official loses mom in Thanksgiving Day wreck, News-Journal Online, November 27, 2010
Family mourns Tamarac hairstylist killed in I-95 holiday crash, Sun-Sentinel, November 26, 2010
FHP reports two Thanksgiving fatal accidents, WDBO, November 25, 2010

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