The unborn child, a girl, survived the impact. Brockton police said the driver of the van was not cited in the crash and police viewed it as “purely an accident.”
Seven months pregnant with her second child, Cheryl Figueiredo lay in the street with her toddler son after being struck on a crosswalk by an oncoming van Tuesday afternoon.
“She was laying on the ground crying,” said the woman’s sister, Michelle Figueiredo. “She was only worrying if her son was all right.”
And as the 21-year-old Brockton woman was loaded into an ambulance, she told family and friends she was also worried for her unborn child because “her stomach felt really soft,” her sister said.
But those worries were eased Tuesday. The 3-year-old boy was not injured, and the unborn child, a girl, survived the impact, said Cheryl’s mother, Michelle Bennett.
Doctors at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital performed a fetal heartbeat test and the “baby sounded fine,” Bennett said.
Figueiredo was treated for an injured leg and remained in the hospital as of 8 p.m. Tuesday, and the family was hopeful she would be released later, her mother said.
Brockton police Lt. Tom LaFratta said the driver of the van was not cited in the crash and police viewed it as “purely an accident.”
It appears the victim may not have looked before crossing the street, LaFratta said.
The crash occurred just yards from the woman’s home on Main Street on the south end of Brockton, where she lives with her mother and sister.
Numerous family members and friends, who were nearby, came running to the scene.
Family members said Figueiredo had just gotten off a bus on Main Street and was trying to cross Brookside Avenue with her son when she was struck by a van owned by the company Cintas.
Figueiredo landed on top of her son, Bennett said.
Figueiredo had been returning from a visit to the home of her son’s father in Brockton, said her sister, Michelle.
“She doesn’t have a car, so all she does is walk,” Michelle Figueiredo, 22, said.
Cintas spokeswoman Heather Trainer said the company was “fully working with the Brockton Police Department” but had no further comment.
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