BY ZLATI MEYER – FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
A 23-year-old pregnant woman died in a car crash on I-94 on Tuesday morning, along with her baby, who was ripped from her body along the freeway.
Shardae Homesly of Detroit was not wearing a seat belt as she rode in the front seat of her SUV, driven by her fiancé, Michigan State Police Sgt. Linda Mys said.
The couple were heading westbound near Morang on Detroit’s east side shortly before 11:45 a.m. The fiancé, whose name wasn’t released, swerved to avoid hitting a van that began merging into the SUV’s path in the far-right lane.
The 2002 Jeep Liberty went onto the right shoulder and hit a pole with such force that Homesly flew out, according to investigators. The vehicle then rolled over several times.
“He tried to overcorrect and lost control,” Mys said.
The driver — who had been wearing a seat belt — had minor injuries.
But the 7 1/2 -month-old fetus Homesly had been carrying fell from her ripped-open body, Mys said.
“Troopers at the scene realized the grotesque scene in front of them,” Mys said, explaining the rush to save the baby.
Mother and son were taken to St. John Hospital, where Homesly worked as a lab technician. Both were pronounced dead there.
Police are asking the public for information about the blue van, but because it never hit Homesly’s SUV, it has no accident-related damage.
The van driver may not even know about the crash, according to investigators.
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