A 23-year-old pregnant woman was killed this week while walking on a sidewalk in Anaheim with her husband.
Anaheim Police said in a press release that Jesenia Lisette Aguilar, a Disneyland employee, was hit Tuesday evening by a jeep driven by Courtney Pandolfi, 40, who jumped into the curve and drove onto the sidewalk.
Police said that Aguilar’s husband was reportedly missed with difficulty in the car, and he was unharmed.
Aguilar, who was about 35 weeks pregnant, was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange and pronounced dead in hospital.
Police said the doctors managed to deliver her baby via a cesarean section, and the newborn girl – named Adalene Rose – “was admitted in critical condition to the UCI Neonatal Intensive Care Unit”.
Police said Pandolfi was taken to the same hospital with minor injuries “before he was placed under arrest on charges of manslaughter, felony driving under the influence of drugs, and driving with a suspended license.”
Her charges were upgraded to murder and driving under the influence of bodily injury causing drugs as well as original driving on a pending license charge.
Police said they had previous DUI arrests.
According to Anaheim police, Bandolfi is currently held in Orange County Jail on $ 1 million bail. It was not clear if Pandolfi had maintained legal representation to comment on her behalf.
A Disneyland Resort spokesperson told People: “Our hearts are saddened by the tragic loss of our cast member Jesenia Aguilar, and we offer our deepest condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.” The company reached out to Aguilar’s husband to provide support.
The GoFundMe campaign was created for Aguilar, and described the young woman as “a beloved daughter, sister, wife, aunt and friend”.
“Yesenia was taken from our hands very early,” said the GoFundMe campaign. “We lost her in the most tragic way, when a driver under influence lost control and hit Jesenia. She was waiting for a beautiful baby girl who was born prematurely and fighting for her life. We ask you to keep Adalyn Rose (Yesenia’s daughter)) and her family in your prayers. We also ask our friends and family for help. By donating to her funeral and treatment costs to help cover the cost of unexpected events.
The campaign raised $ 13,031 from its $ 20,000 target.