A baby’s cries pierced the air Monday afternoon at the scene of a horrific crash that later claimed the life of the child’s young mother.
The 34-year-old woman died after the crash on Ray Gibbon Drive, just south of McKenney Avenue around 12:45 p.m.
The woman was trapped in her crumpled Chevrolet Malibu and firefighters used the Jaws of Life to completely remove the vehicle’s roof before freeing the woman and rushing her to hospital where she later passed away.
The vehicle lay in tatters on the side of the road following the collision, badly damaged with much of its contents littered outside of it.
The infant, who was securely fastened in a car seat in the back of the vehicle, was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Const. Janice Schoepp, with the St. Albert RCMP, said the infant was unharmed, as was the driver of a GMC Envoy that collided with the Malibu.
While the investigation into the accident is ongoing, police have ruled out alcohol as a possible factor and but slick winter roads might have been a contributing factor.
“They believe icy road conditions played a role,” said Schoepp. “Witnesses confirmed that both vehicles were travelling under the posted speed limit before the crash.”
Police blocked off Ray Gibbon drive for several hours while the investigation was ongoing.
The fatal accident is the first to occur inside city limits in almost two years. The last fatal crash happened in Jan. 2008 when a local teen was killed on St. Albert Trail at Boudreau Road.
This collision is the first fatal collision on Ray Gibbon Drive since the road opened to traffic in 2007.