A two-vehicle collision in California ended in the tragic death of a 21-year-old expectant mother, whose child was later delivered by doctors.
The accident occurred at approximately 8:42 p.m. on Tuesday near the area of Blossom Hill Road and Winfield Boulevard in San Jose, California, according to a media advisory from the San Jose Police Department.
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office has confirmed to PEOPLE that the victim was April Zoglauer of San Jose.
Zoglauer was traveling eastbound in a 2008 black Nissan sedan when it collided with a 2013 white Hyundai sedan that was traveling southbound.
The occupants of the white sedan were two unknown males who fled the scene on foot immediately after the accident. According to the SJPD, during the initial courses of the investigation, it was discovered that the white sedan was an unreported stolen vehicle.
The SJPD confirmed that the investigation remains ongoing, and there are no new updates available at this time.
Zoglauer was pronounced deceased after being transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Her child was successfully delivered after an emergency surgery was performed but remains in critical condition.
The SJPD reported in their media advisory that this is the 42nd fatal collision and the 43rd traffic death of 2023 in San Jose. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, traffic fatalities in the state of California increased approximately 7.6% from 3,980 in 2020 to 4,285 in 2021.
In April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its latest projections for traffic fatalities in 2022, estimating that 42,795 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
“We continue to face a national crisis of traffic deaths on our roadways, and everyone has a role to play in reversing the rise that we experienced in recent years,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg in a media release. “Through our National Roadway Safety Strategy, we’re strengthening traffic safety across the country, and working toward a day when these preventable tragedies are a thing of the past.”