A newborn baby is in serious condition in hospital in Saskatoon, after being delivered early following a car crash. Shortly after the birth, the child's mother died.
Police in Prince Albert, Sask., where the crash took place, reported the circumstances of the child's birth Monday.
The crash happened at the intersection of 28th Street and 12th Avenue East in Prince Albert shortly after 2:30 a.m. CST Sunday. According to police, Brandy Lepine, 17, was the mother of the baby. She was a passenger in the car that was involved in the crash. The driver, Taylor Litwin, 21, also died in the crash. Police said she died at the scene.
Vigil at crash site
On Monday night, family and friends of the victims gathered at the crash site.
"She was excited to be a mom," Josephine Ledoux, Lepine's mother, said. "But she's not here to take care of that beautiful little angel that's born."
According to people at the vigil, the child — a girl — was delivered about three months before Lepine's due date.
"I know for the life of me that Jesus will hopefully listen to me and hear our prayers to keep the baby strong and to bring the baby home," she added.
Family at the vigil told CBC News that the two victims were good friends and that Litwin had just picked up Lepine for a sleep over.
Lesley Sinclair, Litwin's stepsister, said she is heartbroken by the tragedy and still coming to grips with what happened.
"We used to do a lot of things together, like when we were little we'd dance in the front yard to all of our Britney Spears' songs," she said. "She loved life. She loved animals and her nieces and nephews."
Police said the driver of the other vehicle, a 21-year-old man, is in custody, facing two charges of impaired driving causing death.
Jeremiah Jobb made a court appearance earlier today and is due in court again in one week.