Wednesday, August 8, 2012

After mother killed in rollover accident, newborn clinging to life - WFAA

by CYNTHIA IZAGUIRRE

WFAA

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 8:43 PM

ARLINGTON - A North Texas grandmother has endured multiple heartbreaks since the weekend.

Her pregnant daughter died in a rollover accident over the weekend. The newborn, delivered after that accident, is on life support. And if that's not hard enough, a grandchild who survived was the one driving.

The victim's mother, Lavonne Gilbert, is struggling with so many emotions.

Ashlyn Leona Womack, the newborn, is on life support at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, where doctors and nurses are working around the clock to save her life.

"We're just praying," Lavonne Gilbert said. "And we want everyone to pray with us that Ashlyn will survive."

ShaCela Womack, 35, was nine months pregnant and had just left her baby shower in Dallas early Sunday morning.

"The tragedy is that I had just left her barely six hours before it happened, but I didn't get a chance to hug her," Gilbert said.

Family members believe Womack asked her 15-year-old son KeShawn to drive, because she was exhausted. Also in the car was her five-year-old daughter, Mikelsa. Gilbert said her grandson has his learner's permit, and is legal to drive.

"He lost control of the car, and it went down in a viaduct," Gilbert said. "He hit a sign, came up out of the ditch and flipped over several times and landed on [the vehicle's] top."

ShaCela Womack was pronounced dead soon after she was rushed the hospital, where doctors were able to deliver and save her baby.

Her five-year-old daughter was rushed to Children's Medical Center with a fractured skull. She is improving and asking about her mother.

"'Grandma is my mommy dead? They told me my mommy's dead,'" Gilbert recalled. "I looked at her and said, 'Yes, darling your mommy's dead.' I said, 'Do you understand what that means?' And she said, 'Yes. Mommy's in heaven.'"

KeShawn is said to be devastated about the crash.

"When he saw me after the accident, he said, 'Grandma, I'm so sorry,'" Gilbert said. "He was crying, and I said, 'Darling, no one blames you. We love you.'"

Gilbert believes KeShawn will need a lot of counseling as he grieves the loss of his mother. And the entire family prays for a miracle that little Ashlyn will survive.

E-mail cizaguirre@wfaa.com

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