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Baby fighting for life after pregnant mom dies in Phoenix crash

Posted: Updated: July 6, 2012 4:05 AM MST

The baby of a pregnant woman who was killed in a car crash Thursday was successfully delivered but remains in the hospital in a medically induced coma Saturday, according to the victim's family member. 

Karlisha Randolph, 24, died after the SUV she was riding in was struck by a red Volvo sedan that ran a red light at a Phoenix intersection about 7:15 p.m. in a bizarre series of events, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix police.

She was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center where she died before physicians saved the baby boy.

Randolph's uncle, Cory Boston, took in her other two children, ages 2 and 7, after the crash.

"They are familiar with me and my wife and I have a house that they can come home to," said Boston. "I think the difficult part at times is when you hear the 7-year-old talk about it."

Boston said his niece had been through some rough times and was just getting her life back on track.

"She was real excited because she was just getting her apartment and that is what she was doing that day," Boston said.

The 21-year-old man driving the Volvo was believed to have been impaired and involved in a near-crash with a city bus just moments earlier, Thompson said.

The woman was with her two sons and her 43-year-old mother, Candy Turner, who was driving their Suzuki SUV at 39th and Northern avenues when it was hit broadside by the Volvo, Thompson said.

The family said Turner was recovering from non-life-threatening injuries in the hospital Saturday.

The force of the crash caused the Suzuki to roll.

The victim was nine months pregnant. Both children were in car seats and were taken to a Phoenix hospital. They were expected to survive.

The suspect in the series of crashes was also hospitalized, but is expected to be OK. Charges are pending, Thompson said.

Thompson said the driver of the Volvo turned in front of the bus at Dunlap and 35th avenues and sped away from the scene before the fatal crash. No one on the bus was injured.

Complicating matters was another suspected drunken driver who blew through the investigation scene.

Thompson said a 45-year-old man driving a Cadillac sedan drove past traffic barricades, narrowly missed officers directing traffic and collided with police vehicles, totaling one of them.

He was also hospitalized with minor injuries and charges are pending his release, Thompson said.

The intersection of 39th and Northern was closed for several hours.

A memorial account has been set up in Karlisha Randolph's name at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union.

The account number is 6000147634.

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