Doctors Work To Save Baby Of Woman Fatally Struck By Truck In River North

Bernie Tafoya
September 18, 2019 - 8:05 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Doctors are working to save a baby born prematurely Tuesday, after its mother was struck and killed by a flatbed truck in River North.

Officers were called at about 11:30 a.m. for reports of a person trapped under a vehicle near Grand Avenue and LaSalle Drive, according to Chicago police. They arrived to find that the female victim had been struck by a truck.

According to police, the victim, a 29-year-old pregnant woman, was crossing the intersection of Grand Avenue and LaSalle Drive when she was struck by a truck turning left on Grand.

She was pinned under the semi and had to be extricated, according to Chicago Fire Dept. spokesman Larry Merritt. Paramedics took her to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said. She was identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office as Elizabeth Boshardy, 29, of Chicago.

Though doctors were unable to save Boshardy's life, they delivered her baby and hope to save the baby's life. She was six months pregnant at the time of the accident.

A Northwestern Memorial Hospital spokeswoman said she could not provide information on the baby's condition, nor say if the baby is a boy or girl. 

Police said the driver of the truck was ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian.