NEW YORK (PIX11/CNN) – A pregnant woman was fatally struck by a snowplow Thursday morning in Brooklyn, but her baby boy was saved in a C-section.
Police say 36-year-old Min Lin was loading groceries into her car at the Fei Long Market on 8th Avenue in Bay Ridge when she was struck by a plow-equipped Bobcat clearing snow.
The Bobcat, operated by a 42-year-old man, was going in reverse at the time of the accident. The plow is not owned by the city, cops say, but privately owned.The driver of the plow stayed at the scene.
Lin was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center and her child was delivered by emergency C-section. The nearly full-term boy, weighing 6 lb., 6 oz. baby boy remains in critical condition at Maimonides.
Lin later died from her injuries.
Police held the Bobcat driver for questioning, but no charges have been filed.
The incident occurred during New York City’s sixth winter storm of the season. The latest storm was expected to dump up to 14 inches on some parts of the city.
At least 12 deaths have been blamed on the severe weather across the nation. On Thursday, snow walloped Washington, Philadelphia and Boston. A band of heavy snowfall hit parts of Connecticut, with rates of 3 to 6 inches per hour.
The National Weather Service reported near-blizzard conditions over northern parts of New York City, northeast New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley and coastal Connecticut.
In addition to the weather-related death in New York, two people were killed in Georgia, and two died in North Carolina as the storm system moved up the Eastern Seaboard. At least two people died in weather-related crashes on Virginia roads.
In Texas, three people died when an ambulance driver lost control on an icy patch of road outside of Carlsbad, the state Department of Public Safety said. A patient, a paramedic and another passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
In Mississippi, authorities blamed the storm for two traffic deaths.