STEILACOOM, Wash. -- A pregnant woman is dead after her van rolled over her.
Doctors managed to save her infant son, who was delivered by emergency C-section. Family says the baby weighed only 5 pounds and is very fragile.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon across the road from the parking lot of Sunnyside Beach Park.
Paul Loveless, Steilacoom town administrator, said the van was parked on or close to Western Road near the intersection with Chambers Creek Road.
The van started rolling backwards as the mother was outside. She tried to stop it, but it ran over her, and she was pinned underneath, Loveless said.
He said the van was apparently running and put into neutral or reverse by one of the children while she was outside.
The mother, identified as Shannon Macleod, 35, died on the way to the hospital. Her baby, who family members say is named Joseph, was taken to Seattle Children's.
Her children in the van were not injured.
It was the second tragedy in recent months to befall the family, who lost everything in a fire in December, relatives say.
"We’re just trying to keep us all together that’s all," her son Nathan said. "I know my mom would want that the most because family is so important to her. Family was the No. 1 thing. No matter what, it was always family first.”
She had six sons and one daughter.
"No matter how much she struggled or how much she starved her kids always came first and it’s always been like that with my mom," Nathan said.
"This is unbelievable. It's like a dream," said Cathy Macleod, Shannon's mother.
(If you would like to help the family, go to KOMO's Problem Solvers Fund.)