Baby Dies After Pregnant Woman Run Over

Friends Hold Prayer Vigil At Hit & Run Site

A pregnant woman is in critical condition after she was run over in Denver's Stapleton neighborhood Thursday. The woman's baby did not survive.

The accident was reported at 5:02 p.m., at the intersection of East 29th Avenue and Central Park Boulevard, according to Detective John White. The driver did not stop.

Shawn Mercer told 7NEWS he was in his home when he heard a loud thump and then a woman moaning in pain outside. Mercer said he found the woman lying in the middle of the street.

The 27-year-old woman told Mercer that she was 34 weeks pregnant.

Mercer's girlfriend, a registered nurse, tried to provide immediate care.

"She was basically in tears, and told me, 'I'm scared,'" said Mercer. "And, 'I'm afraid she's going to lose the baby.' You could see car marks on her stomach."

Denver police said the woman, identified as Laura Gorham, was walking in the crosswalk when she was hit.

Stapleton residents put up a memorial at the crosswalk where a pregnant woman was run over.

Gorham was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition with significant internal injuries.

"The baby was delivered emergently," according to Denver's coroner's report. "The baby boy was pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m."

The coroner's office will be looking into the cause and manner of the infant's death.

Local Residents Hold Candlelight Vigil

Friday night, residents in the Stapleton neighborhood gathered to light candles and pray for Gorham.

“There are thousands of moms out here. We’ve all been pregnant. We’ve all had kids you know? You hear something like that and it’s just horrible,” said Caroline Bartorowicz, a Stapleton resident.

“My heart just broke. I looked at my baby. I can’t imagine that happening to our family. It’s horrible,” she said.

“My wife is also pregnant. She’s four months pregnant and it just hit us hard,” said Rich Sivernell, another Stapleton resident.

Police Search For Driver

The only description of the hit-and-run vehicle is that it was a dark colored sport utility vehicle or pickup last seen heading south on Central Park Boulevard.

Police said witnesses gave different descriptions of the SUV's color. Some say it was dark blue, others say it was black.

"Which is not much of a description, but it's all that we've got," said White. "Another reason we need to use the media and hopefully somebody will call us with some information."

Police contacted cars going through the intersection 24 hours after the crash to ask if they'd seen anything the day before.

"My reaction? No. 1, I can't believe somebody got run over. No. 2, I can't believe the car didn't stay," Mercer said.

Gorham lives less than a mile south of the accident site, on Akron Street and East 24th Place.

If you have any information about this incident or to the identity of the driver, please contact the Denver Police Department’s Traffic Investigation Bureau at 720-337-1000 or call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to: CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash award up to $2,000.

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