FREMONT -- A 19-year-old woman died and a 3-month-old baby boy she was carrying suffered life-threatening injuries after a man drove into them on New Year's Eve, police said.
The 19-year-old, identified as Ashley Capuchin, and her 17-year-old sister had been sitting in a car on Paseo Padre Parkway just before 10 p.m., arguing with a third passenger, before Capuchin apparently stormed out into the busy thoroughfare with the baby, said Fremont police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
The younger sister followed, and they crossed a thin median and into the southbound lanes. Then, all three were hit by a pickup truck driving south on Paseo Padre Parkway just past Mowry Avenue, police said.
"The baby flew about 30 feet out of her arms," Bosques said. "His injuries were very, very significant."
Emergency crews responded around 10 p.m. to the intersection after receiving reports of a collision with injuries. They found the injured sisters.
Capuchin was taken to a hospital where she died. A passer-by had already rushed the wounded baby to Washington Hospital, just a block away. The baby boy was later transferred to the trauma center at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley, where he remains in critical condition.
The 17-year-old was treated at a hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening, police said. Police did not release the name of the 64-year-old driver who hit them.
"The driver was very compliant," Bosques said. "There was no sign of alcohol or drugs being involved."
Investigators are still speaking with witnesses, including the surviving sister and at least one other relative believed to have been in the car with them. They do not know what caused the verbal argument that preceded the crash.
"We're asking for the public's help if there are any other witnesses who haven't come forward," said Lt. Fred Bobbitt.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Fremont Police Department Traffic Unit at 510-790-6760.