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Pregnant woman dies after tree falls on car in Durham

Posted April 15, 2016

High winds helped topple a tree onto a car on Trinity Avenue in Durham on April 9, 2016. A pregnant woman who was in the car died of her injuries six days later.

— A pregnant woman who was hurt last weekend when high winds helped topple a tree onto the car in which she was sitting died Friday, her family said.

Wendy Rodriguez, 30, and her boyfriend were in the car in the 300 block of West Trinity Avenue on Saturday afternoon when the tree fell on top of the vehicle, authorities said.

Her boyfriend suffered injuries to his face but was able to escape. First responders helped Rodriguez from the car, but authorities said she was in cardiac arrest.

She was taken to Duke University Hospital, where doctors later pronounced her brain dead.

Rodriguez, a native of Honduras, was five months pregnant. A cousin is her only family in the country, and he had hoped to keep her alive through life support to save the unborn child, which he said had survived the accident.

The unborn child died with Rodriguez, her family said. She is survived by four other children.

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  • Nicolle Leney Apr 16, 2016
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    Very sad :( To the family and boyfriend, I am very sorry for both losses.