Nurses and hospital workers clapped and cheered Monday when James Alvarez carried his baby daughter out the building’s door three weeks after a DUI crash that turned his family's world upside-down.
Adalyn Rose was delivered by emergency C-section after her mother, 23-year-old Yesenia Lisette Aguilar, was struck Aug. 11 by a DUI suspect in Anaheim. Alvarez, who was walking with his wife at the time of the horrific crash, described Adalyn Rose as a little fighter, just like her mother.
In video taken he left the hospital, Alvarez thanked the the hospital staff members.
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Alvarez said the family is grateful for the outpouring of support. He said Adalyn Rose is doing well.
Aguilar was 35-weeks pregnant at the time of the crash.
A 40-year-old Garden Grove woman has been charged with second-degree murder in the collision. Aguilar was walking on the sidewalk with her husband when a white Jeep SUV jumped the curb and struck her.
The driver also charged with a felony count of driving under the influence of a drug causing injury and a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended or revoked license due to a DUI.
Aguilar died at the hospital. The newborn baby girl was admitted in critical condition to UCI's neonatal intensive care unit.
The site of the crash has become a gathering place for those mourning Aguilar.