Pregnant Hit-and-Run Victim Dies After Giving Birth, Community Rallies to Help Surviving Baby Daughter

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A young mother’s baby has been placed with family after a tragic hit-and-run. The family of Diann Ford’s infant daughter, born by Cesarean section shortly before her mother died, is dedicated to giving Baby Girl Ford the start in life her mother dreamed of. The Houston community is generously rallying to help them.

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Jaccard said Ford knew she was having a girl and had picked out a name.

Born and raised in Houston, Diann Ford had been living and working in San Marcos, Texas, for the last six months. Late at night on October 25, 2011, she was returning from her job at a San Marcos Long John Silver's when she was hit. The driver did not stop to render aid. Ford, who was 37 weeks pregnant, was taken to an Austin hospital that night, the San Antonio Express-News reported ( Police are still trying to find the driver of the car.

The next day, Ford gave birth by Cesarean section, and the baby girl was taken to the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit.

Ford died on October 27 from her injuries.

Ford’s boss, Kris Jaccard, said she was excited about her future as a mother. Jaccard said Ford knew she was having a girl and had picked out a name.

With the holidays fast approaching, the family of Diann Ford’s infant daughter welcomes the support of the community now rallying around them. “We know Diann wanted the best for her baby,” said a Houston family member, “and we will do everything in our power to provide for her precious child. I’m so grateful that this community is generous when it comes to helping those in need.”

A fund for the infant has been established. Donations can be made to the “Diann Ford Memorial Fund” at any Wells Fargo bank, or call 800-956-4442 for assistance. In-kind donations are also requested, including the following:

  •         Diapers (newborn and larger sizes)
  •      Pacifiers
  •      4 oz and 8 oz bottles (plastic or glass)
  •      Nips for bottles
  •      Bibs
  •      Burping cloths
  •      Toiletries (powders, lotions, balms)
  •      Blankets
  •      New or gently used clothes
  •      Newborn caps
  •      Socks
  •      Baby tub
  •      Stroller
  •      Car seat

If you reside outside of the greater Houston area and would like to donate baby items, donations can be mailed to: Always Into Something 2724 Crossview #106 Houston, Texas 77063 or contact:

Sharita Clark, Blueprint Public Relations

Genesis Maple, Caprigo Events

Chris Alexander, League of Extraordinary Women

Monetary donations may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank, 800-956-4442, to the “Diann Ford Memorial Fund.”


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