A Tulsa, Oklahoma man is suspected of driving impaired and speeding when he hit a van carrying four passengers.
One of those passengers, Tiffany Ann Woodham of Bartow, was nine months pregnant. She didn’t make it, and despite an emergency C-section, neither did her baby girl.
Polk County deputies say Woodham, 19, was sitting in the left backseat of a 2010 Chrysler van, which was stopped at a red light at the intersection of US Hwy 27 and Cypress Gardens Blvd. in Winter Haven Sunday at 10:19 p.m.
Deputies say a Dodge pick-up truck, driven by 37-year-old Thomas Jeremy Dick, rear-ended the Chrysler just as the light turned green.
Woodham may have only been hours away from delivering her unborn baby girl.
In pictures posted on Facebook, Woodham had named the baby "Novalee."
On Sunday night she called her mom to say she was having contractions.
"And I said, about how far apart? And she said, at this moment mom, and it's been this way for an hour, it about 30 minutes," said Teresa Hidle.
The crash happened a few minutes after that call.
Deputies say Dick was reportedly driving recklessly and ran off the road on more than one occasion, according to witnesses, prior to the crash.
Investigators say Dick was exceeding the posted speed limit by at least 20 mph leading up to the impact of the Chrysler. Deputies say according to initial toxicology, Dick had a Blood Alcohol Content of .131, almost twice the legal limit of presumed impairment. Blood taken from the suspect was sent to the FDLE lab for analysis.
Dick is in PCSO custody at an area hospital and will be transported to the Polk County Jail upon his medical release.
He has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, two counts of DUI manslaughter, two counts of DUI involving serious bodily injury, DUI crash involving property damage and DUI.
Deputies say Woodham suffered severe trauma during the crash. She succumbed to her injuries while en route to the hospital. An emergency C-Section was performed in an attempt to save her baby. However, the baby also died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash.
Woodham's brother is devastated.
"I can't put into words, like I am so upset about it I can't even cry," said Cody Breton. "Every day I would wake up and rub my sister's stomach and tell her how much I loved her."
The driver of the van, 32-year-old Tawnya White, of Bartow, was taken to Winter Haven hospital and treated for bruises and lacerations.
Two other passengers, also of Bartow, were also injured. Pamela Diane Cheverier, 37, was flown to LRMC with serious injuries. Zachary Dave Rowles, 22, was transported to Winter Haven Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.