Pregnant woman loses baby after being hit by car

CREATED May 6, 2013 - UPDATED: May 7, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A mother who was nine-months pregnant lost her child after being hit by a car Monday afternoon.

According to Captain Donald Gaglione with the Milwaukee Police Department, the woman was a pedestrian near 232 W. Locust when a crash occurred nearby. The crash caused one of the vehicles to leave the road, and hit the 23-year-old woman.

The woman was taken to a local hospital, where her child was pronounced dead. She is currently in serious condition.

"The driver of the striking vehicle initially fled the scene on foot and a short time later notified police," said Gaglione. "He was taken into [custody] and charges are pending."

A clerk working at a BP convenience store says he saw nearly everything.

"I cannot believe how this happened," said Roger Butt, the clerk who spoke with TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

"He came up here, he hit (a) wall, and then he kept going."

Butt said the suspect's SUV was going very fast when it veered off the road after the initial crash.

The SUV kept going, taking out a light pole and hitting the pregnant woman on the sidewalk before stopping near a pump.

"She was crying for help.  She can't move her belly.  She was due anytime.  That's what I heard," said Butt.

He called 911.

He said a fight then broke out between a woman who was in the SUV and the driver.

Butt said the SUV driver ran toward a police station about half a block away.

"I hope that the girl's family should be feeling OK," said Butt.