Last month, Leah Montgomery was pushing her eighteen-month-old toddler in a stroller as she took a walk with the adorable boy's grandmother.
An instant later, a tragic accident would shatter this bucolic scene.
A teenage driver struck Leah, and while she survived the crash, she was badly injured, and has now lost the unborn daughter she was carrying.
Continue for details about the accident and an online campaign to assist the family in its time of need.
About 3 p.m. on February 18, according to 7News, a ride driven by a juvenile male, accompanied by a juvenile female, hit another vehicle as it raced southbound along Holly Street.
The second vehicle, also driven by a juvenile male, had been making a left turn onto 138th Avenue from northbound Holly.
At that point, the southbound vehicle caromed onto the sidewalk, striking Leah, her son and the grandmother.
The boy and the grandmother weren't badly hurt; they were treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Leah, however, reported "flew in the air like a rag doll." She was rushed to Denver Health in critical condition, and she's remained at the facility ever since.
A GoFundMe page set up to assist with the cost of Leah's care details the sad situation in the wake of the crash. Here's the introduction to the page:
On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Matt Montgomery’s wife, Leah, was on a walk with her 18 month old son and mother when she was struck by a vehicle. Leah was airlifted to a Denver hospital and remains in critical condition with numerous injuries. At the time of the accident, Leah and Matt were expecting the birth of their daughter, Carly Marie. Tragically, Carly Marie did not survive. The road to recovery is going to be long and arduous. The money raised will help the Montgomery’s offset the medical bills and expenses related to this tragic accident.
Matt tells 7News that Leah's condition is now a bit better than was the case at the time the GoFundMe page was launched; she's currently stable and improving day by day under the care of medical professionals, as well as her family and friends.
Regarding the young drivers involved in the accident, who haven't been publicly identified owing to their ages, no charges have been filed yet, but the investigation is continuing.
At this writing, the GoFundMe page has raised just over $17,000 toward a $20,000 goal. For more information, click here. Meanwhile, our thoughts are with the Montgomerys at this very difficult time.
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