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February 14, 2014

Pregnant NYC woman killed by snowplow; baby critical

She was loading groceries into her can and was struck by a plow; medics rushed her to a hospital and her baby boy was delivered by emergency Cesarean section

By Jake Pearson
The Associated Press

NEW YORK  — A pregnant woman who was loading groceries into the trunk of her car with her husband was struck and killed by a mini-snowplow on Thursday morning, and her baby boy was successfully delivered by emergency cesarean section, authorities said.

Min Lin was hit by a utility vehicle with a snowplow attached to it as it backed up in the rear parking lot of the Fei Long Shopping Center in Brooklyn's Bay Ridge neighborhood, police said.

She was rushed by paramedics to nearby Maimonides Medical Center, where her nearly full term, 6-pound, 6-ounce baby was delivered, hospital spokeswoman Eileen Tynion said.

The baby was in critical condition in the neonatal intensive care unit, Tynion said, and a family member was present with him but declined to talk to the media.

Lin, 36, was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. No telephone number was listed at the address for Lin provided by authorities.

The driver of the vehicle, a 42-year-old man, remained at the scene after Lin was struck and hasn't been charged in what appears to have been an accident, police said. The man was clearing the parking lot of snow, police said. About 9.5 inches of snow had fallen on the city by Thursday morning.

A woman who answered the shopping center's phone declined to comment.

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Earlier this month, a privately owned vehicle that was plowing snow in Brooklyn's Brighton Beach neighborhood struck and killed a 73-year-old man who was crossing mid-block as it backed up.

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Lori Jean Lynk Lori Jean Lynk Friday, February 14, 2014 12:59:46 PM Didn't anyone hear the back up beep? Was there a back up beep?
George Yaworski George Yaworski Tuesday, February 18, 2014 6:58:30 AM A lot of those landscaping companies who clear snow, are not very safe. Zero vehicle training, no safe operation standards, I am not surprised by deaths. If it is a bobcat as in the picture, it has a back up alarm unless it was disconnected, but it is still up to the operator to run it in a safe fashion.

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