A 27-year-old passenger who was eight months pregnant was killed in a rollover crash in Alpine Sunday, California Highway Patrol officials confirmed.
According to CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein, the fatal crash happened just before 10 a.m. on westbound Willows Road, east of Viejas Grade Road.
The pregnant woman was riding in the front passenger seat of a 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue driven by Kahari Oliver, 31. She was not wearing a seatbelt, according to investigators.
For unknown reasons, Oliver allowed his vehicle to drift to the right shoulder. When he attempted to yank the wheel back to the left, he lost control, causing the car to travel across the lanes and overturn on the dirt shoulder.
As the vehicle rolled over, the pregnant passenger was ejected out of the rear window, Lt. Pearlstein said.
The woman was critically injured in the accident and airlifted from the scene to Sharp Memorial Hospital. A short time later, she and her unborn child were pronounced dead at the hospital.
According to a report released by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office, the woman killed in the crash was El Cajon resident Darneshia McFarlin. The ME report said McFarlin was married and cites the driver, Oliver, as her husband.
The report said the unborn child, dubbed “Baby Girl Oliver,” was delivered at the hospital following the collision via an emergency Cesarean section. However, the baby was pronounced dead shortly after delivery.
CHP officials said Oliver sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. According to investigators, there was a restraining order on file for Oliver to stay away from McFarlin, but further details on this part of the investigation were not immediately released.
According to Lt. Pearlstein, charges will be filed against Oliver for misdemeanor manslaughter and a restraining order violation. The crash remains under investigation, though officials have determined that alcohol or drugs were not a factor.