A 40-year-old Garden Grove woman was charged Thursday with second-degree murder for a collision in Anaheim that killed a 23-year-old pregnant woman and left her baby fighting for life.
Courtney Fritz Pandolfi also was also charged with a felony count of driving under the influence of a drug causing injury and a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended or revoked license due to a DUI.
The collision occurred just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on Katella Avenue, near Bayless Street, according to Sgt. Shane Carringer of the Anaheim Police Department.
Yesenia Lisette Aguilar of Anaheim, who was 35 weeks pregnant, was walking on the sidewalk with her husband when the white Jeep jumped the curb and struck her, Carringer said.
Anaheim paramedics rushed the woman to UCI Medical Center where a caesarean section was performed to deliver the baby, he said. “The adult pedestrian, an Anaheim resident, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The newborn baby girl was admitted in critical condition to UCI’s neonatal intensive care unit.”
Pandolfi also was taken to UCI Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries prior to her arrest on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, DUI and driving on a suspended license, Carringer said.
Carringer said Pandolfi has had prior DUI arrests. Orange County court records show Pandolfi had drug cases in 2014 and 2012 but the charges have since been dismissed.
Any witnesses were asked to call Anaheim police at 714-765-1474.
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