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Pregnant woman hurt in car crash dies; baby born at hospital

The woman was killed after her car swerved off the road and hit another vehicle

By Jenna Lyons
San Francisco Chronicle

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A pregnant 18-year-old woman died from injuries she received in a Highway 101 crash Wednesday morning in San Jose, but her baby was born.

Dulce Araceli Capetillo Hernandez of San Jose died at Santa Clara Valley Regional Medical Center after initially complaining only of a leg injury, said Officer Ross Lee, a CHP San Jose spokesman. The hospital called police at about 5:30 a.m to report her death. A hospital official said the baby was born at the center.

Wednesday night, Joy Alexiou, a hospital spokeswoman, said the baby was in critical condition.

Hernandez was a passenger in a silver Honda Civic that swerved off of the road and hit a black BMW 745 that was parked on the right shoulder of southbound Highway 101 near Tully Road, Lee said.

The Honda driver, a 20-year-old man who was not the father of the baby, hit the BMW about 1:50 a.m. All three crash victims were taken to the hospital.

Hernandez’s injuries were considered minor on the scene — she had complained of leg pain, Lee said.

“When they got to the hospital they apparently found further injuries,” he said. “I can’t go into details on what those were.”

The driver of the Honda Civic was taken to a different hospital — Regional Medical Center — with moderate injuries. He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, Lee said.

However, officials said the driver of the parked BMW was found to be under the influence. Hung Ton Duy Tran, 22, of San Jose was placed under arrest while he stayed at Regional Medical Center.

Officials were investigating the crash, including why the Honda swerved off of the road and what led Tran to pull over to the shoulder.

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