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Pregnant woman who died in car crash identified by medical examiner

An emergency C-section was performed and the infant was last reported to be in stable condition.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the pregnant woman who died in a car crash on Tuesday, Dec. 29.

Destiny Cortinas, 25, died after the driver of the car she was a passenger in accelerated in a parking lot on the 7100 block of South Padre Island Drive and hit a building.

Cortinas had to be rescued by the Corpus Christi Fire Department along with the two other occupants of the car, including a minor child, Corpus Christi police officials said. Cortinas was taken into emergency surgery but later died, officials said.

Cortinas was pregnant and an emergency C-section was performed and the infant was last reported to be in stable condition.  

Investigators say the driver appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance. The driver is expected to be arrested upon release from the hospital. The wreck is still under investigation. 

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